Suicide Prevention Resource Guide

Death by suicide ranks as the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, with an estimated 45,000 Americans taking their own lives annually, averaging to about 123 suicides per day. However, these figures are believed to be conservative.Despite the alarming rate of suicide, approximately 40% of individuals with mental health conditions do not receive medical assistance, as per a 2014 analysis. Stigma remains a significant obstacle to seeking help, according to researchers.If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, it's crucial to understand that support is available. Below is a guide to resources including hotlines, online forums, and other means of assistance

Crisis hotlines

When people are having thoughts of harming themselves, suicide prevention hotlines can make all the difference. Crisis hotlines help millions of people every year and offer the option to speak with trained volunteers and counselors, either via phone or text message.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of more than 150 local crisis centers. It offers free and confidential emotional support around the clock to those experiencing a suicidal crisis.

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Crisis Text Line

The Crisis Text Line is a free text messaging resource offering 24/7 support to anyone in crisis. Since August 2013, more than 79 million text messages have been exchanged.

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The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project offers crisis intervention and suicide prevention to LGBTQ youth through its hotline, chat feature, text feature, and online support center.

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  • Text HOME to 741741 (24/7)


  • 866-488-7386 (24/7)

  • Text START to 678678. (Mon-Fri 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST/12 p.m. to 7 p.m. PST)

  • TrevorCHAT (instant messaging, available seven
    days a week 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST/12 p.m. to 7 p.m. PST)


SAMHSA’s National Helpline (Substance Abuse)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) national helpline offers confidential treatment referrals in both English and Spanish to people struggling with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, or both. In the first quarter of 2018, the helpline received more than 68,000 calls every month.

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The Veterans Crisis Line

The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource staffed by qualified responders from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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