Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs of suicide and taking them seriously. Talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life. National and local mental health services, listed below, offer telephone, chat, text and other resources for people who are at risk of suicide. Contact your local mental health authority or call 2-1-1 and ask for the LMHA in your area.
Learn important information on how to help someone who may have suicidal thoughts or feelings. Download the suicide prevention wallet card (PDF) which identifies warning signs, specific steps to help someone and resources to get help.
The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
- Call or text: 9-8-8
- Chat online: 988lifeline.org
- Support for people who are deaf and hard of hearing: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 988.
Support for Veterans and Their Loved Ones
The Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring and confidential support 24/7.
- Call: 9-8-8 and Press 1
- Chat online: veteranscrisisline.net
- Send a text message: 838255
- Support for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
To learn how to support military service members, veterans and their families in a crisis, download Suicide Prevention for Military Service Members and Veterans (PDF) and Suicide Prevention for Military Families (PDF).
Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 crisis support and trains volunteers to support people in crisis.
- Text: TX to 741741 for free, 24/7 crisis support in the U.S.
- Visit: crisistextline.org
Discussing suicide in a neutral and factual manner decreases stigma and encourages others to open up about suicide. Download Language Matters: Talking About Suicide (PDF) for more information about speaking about suicide in a safe and caring manner.
Postvention describes the response provided to individuals and communities to promote hope and healing after a suicide death. To learn more about safe postvention practices, download Postvention (PDF).
Compassion fatigue is real and affects people working in the mental health field. Combating compassion fatigue is an important part of suicide prevention. Learn more about the symptoms of compassion fatigue by downloading Compassion Fatigue (PDF).
Parent and Youth Suicide Prevention
It is important for parents to know how to talk to their youth about suicide prevention. To learn about connecting with youth to discuss thoughts of suicide, download the Youth Suicide Prevention (PDF) and Youth Suicide Prevention Wallet Card (PDF).
Teacher and Youth Suicide Prevention
It is important for school personnel to know how to talk to their student about suicide prevention. To learn about connecting with students to discuss thoughts of suicide, download the Teacher Youth Suicide Prevention (PDF).
Suicide Prevention Among Youth Involved with the Justice System
Suicide is the leading cause of death among incarcerated youth. If you work with incarcerated youth, learn about the risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors by downloading Suicide Prevention Among Youth Involved with the Justice System (PDF).
Older Adult Suicide Prevention
Discussions about mental health and checking in with older adults who have experienced a significant loss is important. To learn more, download the Mental Health in Older Adults (PDF) informational flyer.
Care Transitions for People Receiving Suicide Crisis Services
During transitions in care, it is critical for caring professionals, family and friends to maintain contact with the person in care. To learn more, download the Transitions in Care for People Receiving Suicide Crisis Services (PDF) informational flyer.
Suicide Prevention for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities also have thoughts of suicide. To learn more, download the Suicide Prevention for Individuals with IDD informational flyer (PDF).
Suicide Prevention for People with Traumatic Brain Injuries
People who experience a traumatic brain injury are at increased risk of suicide. To learn more, download the Traumatic Brain Injury and Suicide Risk flyer (PDF).
Survivors of Suicide Loss
Grieving someone who died by suicide brings unique challenges as the person who died seems to have chosen death. To learn more, download the Survivors of Suicide Loss (PDF) informational flyer.
Suicide Prevention and Adults in a Correctional Facility
Incarcerated adults are at higher risk of suicide than the general population. To learn more, download the Suicide Prevention and Adults in a Correctional Setting flyer (PDF).
Nurse Suicide Prevention
Nurses and other clinicians experience high rates of burnout. Compared to the general population, they are at an increased risk of depression, anxiety, and suicide. Learn more about preventing suicide among nurses from the American Nurses Association.
Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network
The MHTTC provides training and technical assistance to enhance the capacity of the behavioral health and related workforces to deliver evidence-based practices to people with mental illness. Its Northeast and Caribbean region provides many resources in English and Spanish and recently produced two resources for assessing and evaluating suicide risk.
Texas Suicide Prevention Collaborative
- Visit: texassuicideprevention.org
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
AFSP has local chapters throughout the state that can deliver education programs to schools, workplaces and communities.
- Visit: afsp.org/our-work/education/
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Local NAMI chapters can deliver education programs to communities.
- Visit: nami.org
Help Outside the United States
To find a suicide helpline outside the United States, visit:
Visit our Behavioral Health Services Providers page to find additional information and resources including information on the state suicide prevention programs.