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What You Can Do

What to do when someone is at risk

If you think someone is thinking about suicide, assume you are the only one who will reach out. Here’s how to talk to someone who may be struggling with their mental health.

Suicide Help


Have an honest conversation

  1. Talk to them in private

  2. Listen to their story

  3. Tell them you care about them

  4. Ask directly if they are thinking about suicide

  5. Encourage them to seek treatment or contact their doctor or therapist

  6. Avoid debating the value of life, minimizing their problems or giving advice

Assume you're the only one who will reach out

If You’re Concerned About Someone

Talk in Private

Listen to their story, and let them know you care. Ask directly about suicide, calmly and without judgement. Show understanding and take their concerns seriously. Let them know their life matters to you. That one conversation could save a life.

If a Person Says They Are Thinking About Suicide

Take the Person Seriously

Someone considering suicide is experiencing a life-threatening health crisis and may not believe they can be helped. Work with them to keep them safely away from lethal means like firearms and drugs and remind them that their suffering is temporary.

Stay with them and call or text 988 for the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.

Be sure to follow up with them after the crisis to see how they’re doing.

If You’re Struggling

Don’t Wait for Someone to Reach Out

Seek mental health treatment, or tell your clinician about your suicidal thinking.

Treat yourself like you would treat someone else who needs your help.

If a person says they are considering suicide

  • Take the person seriously

  • Stay with them

  • Help them remove lethal means

  • Call the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline988

  • Text TALK to 741741 to text with a trained crisis counselor from the Crisis Text Line for free, 24/7

  • Escort them to mental health services or an emergency room

Who to Call

If you are having thoughts of suicide, a mental health professional can help. If you are currently in a state of distress, click on the direct service links below to be taken to dedicated crisis services.

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Crisis Text Line

Text from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

Every texter is connected with a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving. Find more information about the Crisis Text Line at 

OR text TALK to 741741 to text with a trained crisis counselor for free, 24/7.


The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Find more information about the Lifeline at

Dial 988.

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Veterans Crisis Line

Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves. Find more information about the Veterans Crisis Line at

Dial 800-273-8255 and press 1.

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