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Know Where to Turn for Help

Do you know where to turn for help if you or a friend is having suicidal thoughts? Take some time to familiarize yourself with your own country's, state/province, or local resources. 


National Resources:

  • Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

  • Crisis Text Line- TEXT “GO” TO 741-741

  • To find state and local resources in the USA, use the SPRC's map locator:

  • Tips on how to reach out to a friend who may be suicidal.

New York

Samaritans “NYC Guide to Suicide Prevention, Services and Resources” is a comprehensive guide on responding to and providing care and support to individuals who are depressed, in distress and/or feeling suicidal.

Click here: NYC Resource Guide

Reach Out For Help

Reaching out is the most important step to start living mentally well again. Never be afraid to reach out. Here are a couple different ways to get help:


  1. Talk with a close friend or family member you trust.  

  2. Call a hotline or helpline and talk to a trained helper. 

  3. Schedule an appointment with a professional therapist. Try e-counseling if that sounds more appealing. 

  4. Read others' stories of hope and recovery. Sometimes reading how others have gotten through a difficult time can help you navigate your own tough situation.  

  5. Try a support group (usa search)

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If you or someone you know is in need of emotional support or help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained helpers are available 24/7.

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

© National Council for Suicide Prevention