If you believe you or someone in your life may be suicidal, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to speak to a counselor, or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org. The Lifeline is confidential, free, and available 24/7 across the United States.
Suicide is Preventable
Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. For every person who dies by suicide, there are 278 individuals annually who think seriously about suicide but do not die.
You can help someone in crisis.
You don’t have to be a medical or mental health professional to help someone with thoughts of suicide. The 5 #BeThe1To action steps form a blueprint to guide you through helping someone in your life that may be in suicidal crisis.
Get the 5 steps to help someone that may be suicidal here. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to be connected to local resources.
Learn more about Suicide Prevention in this Suicide Prevention Webinar Series.
About Suicide in the United States
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, over 44,000 Americans die by suicide, and for every suicide, 25 will attempt.
There is no single cause for suicide. However, there are identified risk factors that make it more likely that someone will consider suicide. Learn the risk factors here.
Some warning signs may also help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to painful event or change. Learn the warning signs of suicide here.
Crisis Centers are Critical in Suicide Prevention
The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 150 local crisis centers that provide 24/7, free, and confidential support for people in distress. Because these centers are local, the Lifeline is able to route callers to counselors at a center closest to their area code, as well as provide referrals to resources in their area. Centers also provide additional mental health and support services for their local communities in addition to their work with the Lifeline.
Crisis centers need your support.
Lifeline crisis centers are primarily funded on the state and local level. Some states lack resources to answer calls locally, causing national back-up centers to answer approximately 30% of all calls. This leads to longer wait times and fewer links to the best local care in those states.
But you can help. Contact your local Lifeline crisis center and find out how you can volunteer or donate to support their life-saving work.
Download a one-pager on Lifeline here.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Veterans Crisis Line
- The Trevor Project
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Zero Suicide
- Mental Health First Aid
- National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
- American Association of Suicidology
- QPR Institute
- Suicide Safe
Find local prevention resources in your community and state.