Suicide Prevention Resources
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.
Resources for specific groups are available on the site:
Hotline Number Directories
American Association of Suicidology: Crisis Centers
Psycom: International Hotlines
Suicide.org: U.S. Hotlines by State
Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death. https://afsp.org
AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:
Funding scientific research
Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission
Every day in California friends, family and co-workers struggle with emotional pain. And, for some, it's too difficult to talk about the pain, thoughts of suicide and the need for help. Though the warning signs can be subtle, they are there. By recognizing these signs, knowing how to start a conversation and where to turn for help, you have the power to make a difference – the power to save a life.
Pain isn't always obvious, but most suicidal people show some signs that they are thinking about suicide.
"Are you thinking of ending your life?" Few phrases are as difficult to say to a loved one.
You are not alone in helping someone in crisis. There are many resources available to assess, treat and intervene.
TEEN LINE is a nonprofit, community-based organization helping troubled teenagers address their problems. It is our mission to provide personal teen-to-teen education and support before problems become a crisis, using a national hotline, current technologies and community outreach.
We’re open from 6pm to 10pm Pacific Time, every night.
(310) 855-HOPE (4673)
(800) TLC-TEEN (852-8336) (U.S. & Canada only)
P.O. Box 48750 Los Angeles, CA 90048-0750
US Military Suicide Prevention Resources
United States Air Force
United States Army
United States Coast Guard
United States Marine Corps
United States Navy
1 Word, 1 Voice, 1 Life
If you live in Connecticut, please take one moment and dial 2-1-1 and press 1. If outside of CT dial 1-800-273 8255
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
Suicide takes life without regard to age, income, education, social standing, race, or gender. The legacy of suicide continues long after the death, impacting bereaved loved ones and communities.
Active Minds is the premier organization impacting college students and mental health. Now on more than 600 campuses, they directly reach close to 600,000 students each year through campus awareness campaigns, events, advocacy, outreach, and more.
American Association of Suicidology
AAS promotes the understanding and prevention of suicide and support those who have been affected by it.
AAS is an inclusive community that envisions a world where people know how to prevent suicide and find hope and healing.
Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention
CFMA has established the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention with the goal of providing and disseminating information and resources for suicide prevention and mental health promotion in construction. Through the information and resources CFMA has compiled, the Alliance looks to help those in the construction industry create awareness of the problem, cultivate a culture of caring, and start the conversation in the workplace.
Contact Care line
Sometimes it’s hard to talk about our problems with family and friends. Our highly trained crisis line specialist volunteers are ready to provide compassionate, non-judgmental help for anyone needing emotional support. We won’t tell you how to solve your problem, but we’ll help you figure out what options you might have.
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a--year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
National Council for Behavioral Health
The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. The National Council is a 501(c)(3) association that advocates for policies that ensure people who have mental health and substance use disorders have access to comprehensive, evidence-based health care services.
National Institutes of Mental Health: Suicide Prevention
Suicide is a major public health concern. Over 40,000 people die by suicide each year in the United States; it is the 10th leading cause of death overall. Suicide is complicated and tragic but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
If you or someone you know is living with depression or bipolar disorder, you understand all too well that the symptoms may include feelings of sadness and hopelessness. These feelings can also include thoughts of self-harm or suicide. This page contains HOTLINE and resource links.
Teen suicide is when a child ends his or her own life. It can be impulsive or planned. Sometimes, other people are physically hurt in the act. Not all suicide attempts lead to death. In fact, it doesn’t always mean your child wants to die. It could be their way of calling for help.
KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.
For Parents: https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/suicide.html
For Teens (Talking): https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/talking-about-suicide.html
For Teens (Story & Signs):
Vaping has gained exponential popularity over the past decade. However, vaping is not safe — in fact, it can cause severe physical injuries and long-term health consequences.
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
SAVE is a national nonprofit organization working at the international, national, state and local levels to prevent suicide using a public health model in suicide prevention; concentrating its efforts on education and awareness. This page contains resource links.
Mental Health Screening
In addition to National Depression Screening Day in October, they now also have National Alcohol Screening Day in April and the National Eating Disorders Program which is promoted annually during the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week—the last week of February. They have several educational screening programs targeted toward various demographics including teenagers, college students, the general adult population and seniors.
Alcohol Rehab Guide
Suicide is a difficult thing to discuss openly for many individuals, especially for members of cultures with special hostility towards it. However, turning feelings of suicide into a more open topic of discussion can prevent people from committing the act and seek the help they need. This is especially important in cases where addiction to alcohol and suicide are both issues. If you or someone you care about is struggling with an alcohol problem help is out there.
Alcohol and drug abuse are among the leading risk factors for suicide. People with substance use disorders may experience hopelessness and suicidal thoughts, but treatment for addiction has helped people find purpose and happiness in life.
Disability Rights of Ohio (Regional Resource)
Disability Rights of Ohio is a non-profit with the mission is to advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio. Legal advocacy for self-direction, access to needed services and supports, and freedom from abuse, neglect, exploitation, and discrimination is provided by the organization. Disability Rights of Ohio is also a federally mandated Protection and Advocacy System for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI).
Rehabs: American Addiction Centers Resource
Depression is number one risk factor, and the rate of major depression among those with substance abuse disorders is two to four times higher than the general population.
https://www.rehabs.com/blog/5-reasons-addiction-often-leads-to-suicide/ (contains links to help)
The connection between suicide and drug and alcohol addiction is an all too tragic one. Not only are suicidal thoughts are likely to lead to drug and alcohol abuse, but suicide is more likely as a result of substance abuse.
Drug Rehab USA
Drug Rehab USA created a free rehab directory that uses location technology to display addiction treatment near you. The data in this directory comes from Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator by SAMSHA. Feedback from users of their addiction treatment directory convinced us that we need to create a user friendly substance use disorder directory.
Ditch the Label: Anti-Bullying
Our award-winning work spans across the USA, UK and Mexico; empowering people aged 12-25 to overcome bullying. We are a digital non-profit, which means that most of our support is provided online through our website and partnerships with games and social networks. Includes a HELP chat.
Headquarters Counseling Center
If you need help right now, you can reach our center 24/7 every day at 785-841-2345. We answer calls for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in Kansas at 800-273-8255 (TALK). Our trained volunteer counselors are standing by to listen.
JED is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.
Live Through This
Live Through This is a collection of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, as told by those survivors. “Suicide” is a dirty word in this country. It’s a sin. It’s taboo. It’s selfish. It's not an easy topic to discuss and because we, as a culture, don't know how to approach it, it's easily swept under a rug. The intention of Live Through This is to show that everyone is susceptible to depression and suicidal thoughts by sharing portraits and stories of real attempt survivors—people who look just like you.
Their interactive, practical workshops support suicide prevention initiatives all over the world. Virtually anyone can learn the skills to save a life, and more than 1,000,000 people have attended since 1983. With a variety of workshops to suit all needs, there is a program for everyone who wants to help.
Online training: https://www.livingworks.net/programs/esuicidetalk/
Mental Health America
Their work is driven by a commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it, with recovery as the goal.
Self-Assessment Tools: http://screening.mentalhealthamerica.net/screening-tools
National Alliance on Mental Illness: San Francisco
At the heart of NAMI San Francisco's mission is the sharing of information and striving to end the stigma associated with mental illness. To this end, they offer a Helpline, support groups, educational meetings, newsletters, and a number of educational classes on mental illness held at various locations throughout the city.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) provides technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide. We promote collaboration among a variety of organizations in the field of suicide prevention.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Their mission is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
The Lifeline network and its partners are working to change the conversation from suicide to suicide prevention, to actions that can promote healing, help and give hope. Together, we can prevent suicide by learning to help ourselves, help others, seek consultation from trained providers (hotlines and clinicians) and to seek hospital care when necessary. This page contains resource links.
Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ)
The Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) Toolkit is a free resource for medical settings (emergency department, inpatient medical/surgical units, outpatient clinics/primary care) that can help nurses or physicians successfully identify youth at risk for suicide. The ASQ is a set of four screening questions that takes 20 seconds to administer. This page contains resource links.
Teen Line: Teens Helping Teens
TEEN LINE is a nonprofit, community-based organization helping troubled teenagers address their problems. It is our mission to provide personal teen-to-teen education and support before problems become a crisis, using a national hotline, current technologies and community outreach. This page contains HOTLINE and resource links.
The TREVOR Project
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. This page contains resource links.
Operation Never Forgotten (ONF)
Operation Never Forgotten is a national non-profit volunteer organization supporting health and well-being of post 9/11 wounded veterans, caregivers, gold star families. and deployed troops. ONF creates awareness campaigns to remind the American public of the value of embracing the veteran community and is dedicated to helping rebuild the lives of those who have sacrificed to defend our freedoms.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (T*A*P*S)
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a loved one who died while serving in our Armed Forces or as a result of his or her service. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.
Suicide Loss Resources for Survivors: https://www.taps.org/suicideloss
Suicide Loss Resources for Oragnizations & Providers:
Project Know: American Addiction Centers Resource
The tragedy of teens dying due to feelings of overwhelming hopelessness or frustration is devastating to everyone - family, friends, and the community as a whole. For parents, learning how to approach the sensitive subject with teens is one of the most effective ways to help prevent further tragedies.
https://www.projectknow.com/spotlight-on-talking-to-your-teen-about-suicide/ (contains links to additional information)
Drug Dangers was developed to educate the public and lend a hand to people who have been affected by defective drugs and medical devices. Our goal at Drug Dangers is to keep the public educated and informed of all defective medical devices and dangerous medications that are currently available on the market today.
We've created a resource page on dual diagnosis that explains different types of mental illness and how they correlate with addiction.
Cyberbullying, Substance Abuse, and Suicide
The internet allows bullies to continually engage in bullying behavior, regardless of where the victim is located. This inability to disconnect from their attackers is part of what makes cyberbullying such a huge mental health risk. Victims may feel that there is no safe space for them to relax away from their attacker, and may isolate themselves from using social media and/or their friends, which may compound the problem and make them feel worse.