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
This is a free 24-hour hotline.
(Press 1 for a dedicated line for Veterans and their families.
Para español, oprima 2.)
If emergency medical care is needed,
call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room
of the nearest hospital.
What to expect when you call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
- You'll hear a brief message that you've reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- You'll hear music while the Lifeline directs your call to the crisis center nearest you
- A local crisis center counselor will answer your call and help you
- The counselor will offer you referrals for mental health services if needed
If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.
If you are worried that someone you know is considering suicide:
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 any of these are present:
- Call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Don't leave the person alone.
- Remove all lethal means (weapons, medications, etc.) from the vicinity
- Take the person to a nearby Emergency Room or walk-in psychiatric crisis clinic
- Do not put yourself in danger; if you are concerned about your own safety, call 911