In an emergency, always call 911.
Emotional distress, mental illnesses, and feelings of despair can happen to anyone, at any time. Approximately one out of every four Americans, or 16 million individuals, will experience a mental illness according to some estimates. A quarter of our population.
In times of emotional crisis please remember you are not alone. If you are, or someone you know is, having suicidal thoughts or exhibiting warning signs of suicide, there are a variety of organizations ready to help you. Call 911, a family member, a friend, your primary care physician, a trusted colleague, or contact one of the listed resources. There is hope and you are not alone.
The following organizations may be able to help you within the US.
(To find a hotline outside of the US, visit Befrienders Worldwide or International Association for Suicide Prevention).
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a service provided by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) with a mission to provide free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) if you, or someone you know is exhibiting warning signs of suicide. No matter what situation you are facing, hurting yourself is not the answer. Assistance for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.
Military service members, veterans and their families can get help online, or reach the Veteran's Crisis Line by calling 1-800-273-TALK(8255) then press 1.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. The Trevor Lifeline can be reached at 1-866-4U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7368) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Trevor Project also offers Trevor Chat as a secure instant messaging service to provide live service through their website. Trevor Chat is available Monday - Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 4pm - 10pm, EST/1pm - 7pm, PST.
The National Hopeline
American Psychiatric Association
The National Hopeline offers a number of crisis hotlines in the US. Call 1-800-442-HOPE(4673) to speak with someone immediately. Veterans may call 1-877-Vet2Vet(838-2838) for a Veterans peer support line. A Spanish speaking suicide hotline is available by calling 1-800-SUICIDA(784-2432). A post partum depression hotline can be reached at 1-800-PPD-MOMS(773-6667).
Learn more about mental health and mental illnesses at Psychiatry.org.
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