By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can help prevent suicides and save lives. If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. You are not alone.
How to Help Someone You Know
If you know someone who is at immediate risk of suicide, call 911 right away. It can be difficult when someone you know expresses thoughts about suicide, but you can show support by doing the following:
- Talk. Your willingness to express your concern for the person in crisis and talking with them can be the first step in getting that person help.
- Listen. Let the person know they are not alone and that you are there to listen.
- Remain Present. Your presence in the person’s life is what is most helpful. Your presence makes a difference, and if you are worried for their immediate safety, get help from a mental health professional immediately.
- Call or text 988. Recently, 988 was activated as a new three-digit dialing code. Now, when someone dials 988, they will be connected to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This confidential support line is available 24 hours a day to provide free help to people in suicidal crisis or mental health-related distress.
What To Do If You Are Struggling
If you are struggling or in crisis, remember that there is hope and there are steps you can take to seek help.
- Call or text 988. 988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.
- Use your Employee Assistance Program and call: 800-222-0364 (TTY: 888-262-7848, International: 314-387-4701). Counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide support, referrals, and information for emergency services.
For additional resources, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 988 page.