If you are considering suicide or self-harm — or are concerned about a friend or loved one — help is available.
First, remember that you do not have to face these feelings alone. Talking about your thoughts and feelings can save your life.
Medical professionals and other local and national organizations are available to offer free and confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
In 2020, Congress designated the number 988 as the dialing code for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). Think of it as a 911 for mental health distress. Dialing or texting 988 or chatting online at 988Lifeline.org puts you in touch with a professional who can provide free and confidential support 24/7. Services at this number are available to anyone in the United States. The previous number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), will continue to work indefinitely.
Text TALK to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis specialist. The service is free and available 24/7.
If you are LGBTQIA+ and are in crisis, feeling suicidal, or just need someone to talk to, you can call 1-866-488-7386. Connect to a crisis counselor 24/7, 365 days a year, from anywhere in the U.S.
If you are a veteran in crisis or you're worried about one, the Veterans Crisis Line can provide confidential help. To speak with a qualified responder, call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, text 838255, or chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net.
If you are looking for a mental health professional or counselor to speak to in-person, you can research services in your area. These services may provide:
If you are experiencing a life-threatening situation right now, please call 911. You can also call 988.
More than 45,979 Americans died by suicide in 2020. The suicide rates in the United States increased about 33% from 1999 to 2019. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and is the second leading cause of death among Americans ages 10 to 34.
Suicide warning signs may include:
If you or a loved one are struggling with mental health challenges that could lead to suicide, do not wait to get help. It is never too early to reach out to someone, and no problem is too small to get help. Do not hesitate to contact a crisis line or a mental health professional.
You are not alone.