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Suicide: If you are having suicidal thoughts

If someone you know is thinking about suicide

Get help!
If you are currently thinking about suicide, please reach out for help!

  • Talk to someone you trust
    • Do you have a friend or relative that you can talk to?
    • Do you have a counselor or therapist that you can call?
    • Is there someone else in your life that you can talk to (a religious leader, coach or teacher)?
  • Suicide hotline
    • If there’s no one in your life that you feel comfortable talking to about your suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK.
    • Your call will be confidential, and the counselors there can help!
  • Call 911 or go to the hospital
    • If you have already taken steps to harm yourself or feel that you can’t stop yourself from committing suicide, call 911 or go to the emergency room.
    • Tell the person on the phone or the front desk at the emergency room that you are suicidal.

If you are not thinking about committing suicide right now, but have thought about it in the past or are afraid that you might start, please get help!

  • Reach out to friends, family or someone you trust. Let them know that you are going through a rough time.
  • If you aren’t ready to talk to someone face-to-face, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline any time at (800) 273-TALK.
    • The counselors there can talk to you about ways to resolve the situation that has made you think about suicide and can connect you with resources to help you.
    • Survivors of sexual assault can also call (800) 656-HOPE or visit the Online Hotline.
  • Find a counselor or therapist who can help you figure out how to resolve your situation.
    • If you have health insurance, your insurance company can give you the number of a counselor.
    • If you are a student, the school counselor or counseling center will have counselors that you can talk to.
    • If you work, or if your spouse works, you may have access to an employee assistance program that provides counseling. Ask your human resources person.
    • If you don’t have health insurance, or none of these options works, call your local health department (you can find their phone number in the Blue Pages of your phone book). They can connect you with counselors.
  • Get rid of the means.
    • If you have been thinking about committing suicide and you have obtained the means to commit suicide, please get rid of it. If you have a gun, give it to someone you trust. If you have pills, flush them down the toilet. Do whatever it takes to keep you safe!

Remember: if you have taken steps to harm yourself or you feel that you cannot avoid hurting yourself, call 911 or go to the emergency room!

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