Get Help Now

If you are feeling suicidal (or if you are concerned about someone), there is help available right now. A trained counselor is ready to talk to you and provide help.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

This a free 24-hour hotline. (Press 1 for a dedicated line for Veterans and their families. Para espanol, oprima 2.)

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has TTY capability via one of our national call centers, which can be accessed by calling 1-800-799-4TTY (4889).

If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-11 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.

If you’re worried about someone else:

The situation is an emergency and immediate action is needed if any of these signs are present:

  • in the act of hurting or killing him or herself, has a weapon or other lethal means
  • threatening to hurt or kill him or herself
  • looking for ways to hurt or kill him or herself, talking about a plan to do so
  • talking about death or suicide and is acting anxious or agitated
  • talking about death or suicide and is intoxicated or “high” on drugs

If you answer YES to ANY of the above:

  1. Call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  2. Don’t leave the person alone.
  3. Remove all lethal means (weapons, medications, etc.) from the vicinity
  4. Take the person to a nearby Emergency Room or walk-in psychiatric crisis clinic
  5. Do not put yourself in danger; if you are concerned about your own safety, call 911

If you answer NO to ALL of the above:

Don’t be afraid to reach out to the person you care about and create a safe space for them to talk about what they’re going through. Need help figuring out what to say? Visit the Suicide Is Preventable website.

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"Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all."

— Former US President Bill Clinton


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