Emergency Contacts


988 Suicide Prevention Crisis Phone and Text Lines Go Nationn Wide Today 7/16/22

Editor's note: The implementation of 988 over the first nine months has been difficult for much of rural America. (1) Congress left full funding up to the States, (2) Rural and Remote counties lacked infrastructure: (No ICU Safe beds in the county, limited Behavioral Health practitioners, no Crisis Response team, limited Behavioral Health and often medical health services in county schools); (3) Few if any trained Crisis line counselors except possibly 911 dispatch, and little or no experience with crisis text lines, the method most youth use today during crisis, and lack of knowledge of emojis they often use when describing the level of crisis they are in; and (4) crisis line counselors not understanding appropriate protocol when working with LGBTQ2AI+ youth who haven't come out to their parents or guardians.
Please visit https://bit.ly/2BFZC6j to remain better informed. - Editor, Gordon Clay

Serious about dieing by suicide? Call 911 or
Go to the emergency room at a local hospital
Calling 911 And Talking With Police
Is Someone Spying On Your Cell Phone?

Having suicidal thoughts? Watch this video..
Download the MY3 App 888-628-9454
What to expect when you call a support line

Want to text?
Active Minds Text
"BRAVE" to 741741
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Text
"TALK " to 741741
Crisis Text Line U.S. Text "SOS" to 741741
Crisis Text Line Canada Text "CONNECT'" to 686868
Crisis Text Line Ireland: Text "HELLO" to 50808
Crisis Text Line UK: Text "SHOUT" to 85258
Crisis Text Line: US  texto con la palabra "AYUDA" to 741741
Crisis Text Line: US For those who are experiencing the trauma of racism text "
Indigenous" to 741741
Native Crisis Text Line text "Native" to 741741
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Text
"TalkWithUs" to 66746
Disaster Distress Helpline (Natural or human caused) - Text TalkWithUs to 66746
First Call for Help Text "your zip code" to 898221
Lines for Life Text 4-10pm daily "teen2teen" to 839863
National Alliance on Mental Illness Text "NAMI " to 741741
National Suicide Text Line - Text 988 then press 1 for veterans. While texts or chats are in English only,
there are over 250 languages available via a translation service if you
call 988.
Spanish Speakers Text
"Hablanos" to 66746
Trevor Project (LGBTQ) Text "START" to 678678
Veterans Crisis Line Text 838255
ZeroAttempts.Org Text "SOS" to 741741

Want to talk?
Call a hotline in an emergency and a warm line if you just need someone to vent or someone to bounce a problem off of. The
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Mental Health America (MHA)
offer a list of warm lines for people in need.

800.273.TALK (8255)
or TDD 800.448.1833
AIDS Crisis Line: 800-221-7044
American Association of Poison Control Centers: 800-222-1222
Bipoc: staffed by Black, Indigenous and People of Color counselors M-F 8:30a-5p. 503-575-3764
Boys Town National Hotline 800-448-3000
California Youth Crisis Line - 800-843-5200
Copline for Law Enforcement 800-267-5463
Curry County Crisis Line - 877-519-9322
Disaster Distress Helpline (Natural or human caused) - 800-985-5990
Family Violence Helpline: 1-800-996-6228
GLBT National Help Center Hotline: 888-843-4564
Youth talkline: 800-246-7743
LGBTQ 866-488-7386
LGBT National Hotline 888-843-4564
LGBT National Youth Talkline 800-246-7743
LGBT National Senior Hotline 888-234-7243
Lifeline Crisis Chat (Online live messaging)
National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency Hope Line:
National Crisis Helpline 800.273.TALK (8255) or TDD 800.448.1833
TTY & Chat 800-799-4889
National Crisis Line - Anorexia and Bulimia: 800-233-4357
Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio 888-628-9454
National Domestic Violence Hotline - 800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Hopeline Network: 800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
Naional Suicide Phone Line - Call 988 then press 1 for veterans, 2 for Spanish speaking, and 3 for LGBTQ2IA+ people under 25 There are over 250 languages available via a translation service.
Oregon Behavioral Health Support Line 1-800-923-4357
Oregon Crisis Lines by County
Planned Parenthood Hotline: 800-230-PLAN (7526)
Self-Harm Hotline: 800-DONT CUT (800-366-8288)
Substance Abuse Helpline - 800.923.4357
Suicide Prevention Wiki
Trans Lifeline - English/Spanish/Family & Friends too - 877-565-8860
Trevor Crisis Hotline: 866-488-7386
Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255 press 1; TTY 800-799-4889 or Chat or Text "SOS" to 838255
Youthline (peer) for Oregon Teens 4-10pm (PST) Daily - 877.968.8491

* Calling 911 and Talking With Police

Other Emergency Numbers
List of Suicide Crisis Lines - Wikipedia

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Web site referrals:
Attempt Survivors
Ayuda En Espanol
Deaf, Hard of Hearing
Disaster Survivors
Law enforcement
Loss Survivors
Native Americans

For other
Emergency Numbers
International Suicide Hotines
International Suicide Prevention Resource Directory
Wikipedia Suicide Crisis Lines Worldwide
Best Emergency Preparedness Supplies

TED Talks - Crisis Next Line - Must See

Now a word from Pink


A Major Shift, CPR Technique Simplified
Call 911 first, then do this simplified technique without the breath

It is important that if you feel you need help or someone to talk to - reach out. We cannot give advice nor clinical guidance on this site. However, you can click here to find information on other sites and organizations that offer help or simply dial 1.877.495.0009.

If you are in crisis, 1st call 911 while you're looking in the front of your local yellow pages the local suicide prevention hotline or crisis center or try your local Gay & Lesbian Center, which usually offers referrals for counseling, domestic violence and suicide prevention.. If you can't get through to any of those, try one of the crisis line below. Also, visit www.metanoia.org/suicide which contains conversations and writings for suicidal persons to read, gay youth suicide at www.sws.soton.ac.uk/gay-youth-suicide and youth: suicide at www.virtualcity.com/youthsuicide . If you're feeling at all suicidal, be sure to read this page. It might just save your life.

A Major Shift, CPR Technique Simplified: Call 911 first, then do this simplified technique without the breath
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Emergency Food Pack
Emergency Room Visits

  • AIDS Hotlines: US Public Health Service - 24-hours 800.342.2437. Spanish speaking: 24-hours 800.344.7332. Hearing impaired: 24-hours 800.243.7889
  • Alcohol & Drug Abuse Hotline 800-ALCOHOL
  • Alexa: In case of emergency, don't call through Alexa or Google's Assistant. As of 7/19/17, the digital voice assistants can make appointments, call friends or launch apps but they are lacking the ability to call 911
  • American Academy of Pediatrics - Poison prevention tips and other health and safety information for infants, children, adolescents and young adults. www.aap.org/family/poisonwk.htm
  • American Association of Poison Control Centers - Poison prevention (www.aapcc.org or 202.362.7217) and local poison control center information. A 24/7 poison hotline (800.222.1222) provides nationwide access to free, confidential poison emergency advice. All calls to the hotline are connected to nurses, pharmacists, and doctors at the closest poison center. or www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm or www.1-800-222-1222.info
  • American Association of Suicidology National Suicide Hotline - 24-hours 800.SUICIDE (784.2433) The AAS website contains material of interest to everyone on the suicide-related spectrum: professionals, survivors, crisis workers, employers, friends and loved ones, and suicidal people themselves. Geared more toward research and statistics than some sites, it still has material accessible to everyone. Especially valuable is the information on postvention (what to do after a suicide), suicide loss survivor groups, and warning signs for suicide.
  • American Council for Drug Education, regarding inhalants - 800.488.DRUG www.acde.org
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide." Like the AAS site (above), this site offers information for everyone affected, in any way, by suicide. It also has much information about research findings, and contains a rich section on advocacy efforts and opportunities in the field of suicide prevention.
  • American Psychological Association Public Education Line. This is a toll-free call, and the number has a live operator answering 24 hours a day, seven days a week (if you press "10"). After an initial discussion, they will connect you to the American Psychological Association chapter in your state, who will give you a local referral to PSYCHOLOGISTS ONLY. Most state APA chapters keep normal business hours. 800.964.2000 or www.helping.apa.org
  • American Psychiatric Association Answer Center. Contacting this number is a toll call, and live operators are only available from 8:30am to 6:00pm EST. Otherwise it's somewhat similar to the 1-800 line discussed immediately before. The operator will refer you to the American Psychiatric Association chapter in your state, but you are required to hang up and dial that number; they cannot automatically connect you. The state chapters, which are open during normal business hours, can refer you to Psychiatrists Only. 202.682.6000 or www.psych.org
  • APhA Academy of Students of Pharmacy, University of Michigan - Poison prevention information for parents and kids. For Kids section is very colorful and includes interactive materials. OHCINFO@cdc.gov or www.ipl.org/youth/poisonsafe/index.html
  • Attempt Survivors - Coping with the deep hurt after surviving a suicide attempt and finding hope is possible. The Lifeline is available for support, 24/7. 800-273-TALK (8255)
    Ayuda En Espanol Lifeline ofrece 24/7, gratuito servicios en español, no es necesario hablar ingles si usted necesita ayuda. 888.628.9454 or TTY 800-799-4889
  • Boys Town National Crisis Line - 24 hours a day, every day: the only national crisis line that children and parents can call with any problem, any time. Hotline offers immediate help 24/7. Staffed by Boys Town counselors. Help for both teens and parents. Communication can also be via e-mail or online chat. 800-448-3000 or for TDD call 800.448.1833
  • California Missing Children - 800.222.3463
  • California Poison Control, www.calpoison.org or their 24-hour crisis line at 800-8POISON (76-4766)
  • CDC Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program www.cdc.gov/nceh./programs/lead/about/about.htm
  • CDC Information on Lead Poisoning in Children for Parents www.cdc.gov/nceh/programs/lead/faq/cdc97a.htm
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov
  • Child Find/A Way Out - 800.292.9688
  • Child Find of Am, PO Box 277, New Platz, NY 12561 800.426.5678
  • Childhelp USA's National Child Abuse Hotline - 800.422.4453
  • Children of the Night, Short term crisis - 800.551.1300
  • Children's Rights of America Youth Crisis Hotline - 800.442.4673
  • Cocaine Helpline - 800.262.2463
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission - Important consumer product safety information. Notify about products, cribs, children's toys that are dangerous or easily broken. 800.638.CPSC or www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/pois_prv.html
  • Contact Literacy Center National Literacy Hotline - 800.228.8813
  • Copline National Law Enforcement Officer's Hotline. Peer supported. They are not mandatory reporters so they are 100% confidential. They will not contact 911 unless asked by you to do so, as I understand the service. You can get the help you need without threatening to loose your job/profession. 800-COPLINE or 800-267-5463)
  • Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery on Self-Harm or call self-harm, 800-DONT-CUT
  • Counseling On-Line: www.befrienders.org/email.html (A 24-Hour confidential e-mail service by the Samaritans) Also, kidshelp.sympatico.ca A service for young people - also addresses issues other than suicide.
  • Covenant House Nineline, 24 hour crisis 800.999.9999 (800.999.9915 TTY), is a national crisis hotline for youth under-21 and their families. Since 1987, our crisis workers have provided timely, and sometimes lifesaving, intervention for those in need. Our referral database of more than 26,000 agencies allows us to connect those in need with the local agencies best equipped to help them. In the past year our workers answered over 61,000 crisis calls and provided more than 11,000 referrals. Our website provides educational pieces addressing youth issues for kids and people who want to help kids www.covenanthouse.org/nineline or Nineline@covenanthouse.org (1/02)
  • Crisis for the Physically & Mentally Challenged - 800.426.4263 (Regional-not sure what region.)
  • Crisis Text Hotline 741741, is the only nationwide crisis-intervention text-message hotline 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available through Text Messaging to anyone in suicidal crisis, especially those under 25 in crisis. Those in need of help can Text SOS to 741741. They are routed to the closest possible crisis center to provide immediate assistance to anyone seeking mental health services. The crisis counselor helps the texter move from a hot moment to a cool calm to stay safe and healthy using effective active listening and suggested referrals – all through text message using CTL’s secure platform. The text is free (depending on your text plan) and confidential. People are encouraged to call for yourself, or someone you care about. Excellent for ASL, Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. 19 West 21st St. 8th Floor, New York, NY 10010 (2/22)
  • Deaf, Hard of Hearing - Our network of crisis centers offers many services for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, including veterans.
  • Disaster Survivors - The road to emotional recovery after a natural or human-caused disaster can be long, but you’re not alone.
  • Eden Children and Family Services, inhalants - 612.338.2158
  • Family Violence Helpline: 1-800-996-6228
  • Florida - First Call For Help www.467-need.com/index1.html 954.467.6333 24 hours
  • Food and Drug Administration - Information on food, medication, and other consumer products. www.fda.gov
  • Gay Youth Suicide - www.sws.soton.ac.uk/gay-youth-suicide/
  • GLBT National Help Center Hotline: 888-843-4564; Youth talkline: 800-246-7743
  • Grief Recorvery Helpline - 6a-9p PST - 800.445.4808
  • Homosexuals Anonymous - 800.288.4237
  • HopeLine Christian-based chat and phone counseling. A specific helpline is available for suicide prevention. Live chat and forums available. Is a suicide prevention and crisis intervention hotline that can be called or texted. They operate by using active listening to support and reflect through any kind of crisis, even if not suicide related. While they are based in Raleigh, NC, they serve the entire nation.
  • Incest Survivors - 505.521.4260
  • The International Suicide Prevention Wiki is an open source worldwide directory of suicide prevention hotlines, online chat, text-lines, and resources. This resource was created and is maintained by PostSecret Community volunteers. Source: suicideprevention.wikia.com/wiki/International_Suicide_Prevention_Directory
  • The International Suicide Prevention Week is an open source worldwide directory of suicide prevention hotlines, online chat, text-lines, and resources. This resource was created and is maintained by PostSecret Community volunteers. suicideprevention.wikia.com/wiki/International_Suicide_Prevention_Directory
  • IYG - peer counseling for gay, lesbian & bisexual youth - 800.347.8336
  • Kidshelp: kidshelp.sympatico.ca - a service for young people which also addresses issues in addition to suicide.
  • Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN). This is a toll-free call -- and can also be accessed by dialing 1-877-495-0009. Live operators are available from 8:30am to 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). The operator will first ask you if you've tried to obtain help through your private health insurance plan. However, this number also provides referral to public mental health clinics near your home; you'll have to hang up and re-dial to the local number they give you. The KEN line is run by the Federal Government's Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). 800.789.2647 or www.mentalhealth.org
  • LGBTQ+ Suicidal feelings and mental health struggles can affect more LGBTQ+ people than straight/cis people. Find resources for yourself and to help support a loved one that may be struggling.
  • Lifeline Crisis Chat The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline also has chat available, 24 hours a day. To use the service, go to chat.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/LifelineChat.aspx.
  • Lines for Life Oregon Alcohol & Drug helpline 800-923-HELP (4357), Militay Helpline 888-457-4838 or Text "MIL1" to 839863. Youthline 877-968-8491 pt Text teen2tee#839968 or Text "teen2teen" to 839863
  • Loss Survivfors - If you have lost a loved one to suicide, you are not alone. There are resources available to help survivors of suicide loss cope.
  • Louisiana - Our House - 888.442.TEEN or 318.343.TEEN 24 hours a day help, sucide, information for Region VIII includes Monroe, West Monroe, Calhoun www.teen-help.com/
  • LoveIsRespect For teens in an abusive relationship and those concerned about them. The website includes quizzes to help gauge a relationship and other useful resources. Available 24/7 via phone, text and chat.
  • Maine HIV/AIDS Maine Teen Hotline800.851.2437 Wednesdays from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Free call in Maine
  • Mental Health Crisis Line- 800.222.8220
  • Metanoia - Contains conversations and writings for suicidal persons to read. If you're feeling at all suicidal, be sure to read this page before you take any action. It might just save your life. www.metanoia.org/suicide
  • National Alcohol & Drug Abuse Hotline - 800.252.6465
  • National AIDS Hotline - English - 800.342.2473; Spanish - 800.344.7432
  • National Center for Missing & Exploited Children - 24-hour hotline at 800.843.5678 and see Missing Children
  • National Child Abuse Hotline - 800.422.4453
  • National Child Pornography Tipline and CyberTipline - Handles calls fromindividuals reporting the sexual exploitation of children through the production and distribution of pornography. 800.843.5678 or www.cybertipline.com
  • National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, inhalants - 800.729.6686 www.health.org
  • National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency Hope Line: 1-800-622-2255
  • National Council on Child Abuse & Family Violence - 800.222.2000
  • National Crisis Helpline - for use in locating the nearest crisis service in the United States - 800.999.9999 Broken?
  • National Crisis Line - Anorexia and Bulimia: 1-800-233-4357
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1- 800-799-7233
  • National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Routing Service, inhalants - 800.662.HELP
  • National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Phone calls answered 9-5 EST, leave a message when closed. Available via chat as well. The website includes many helpful resources and toolkits. Eating disorder support groups are available
  • National Hopeline Network, The Hope Line connects people in immediate distress to a Crisis Center. Calls are answered by certified counselors 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When the system is fully operational, your call should be routed to a center nearest your home. A trained counselor should answer within two or three rings, or about 20 to 30 seconds, from the moment you dial 800.SUICIDE (800-784-2433) or www.hopeline.org
  • National Human Trafficking hotline: 1-888-373-7888
  • National Inhalant Prevention Coalition, inhalants - 800.269.4237 www.inhalants.org
  • National Lead Information Center - Environmental lead poisoning and prevention information. www.nsc.org/ehc/lead.htm
  • National Life Center Hotline/Pregnancy Hotline - 800.848.5683
  • National Network of Runaway & Youth Services. Networks with youth shelters and other community based groups. 1319 F St NW #401, Washington, DC 20004 202.783.7949
  • National Resource Center on Child Sexual Abuse - 800.KIDS.006
  • National Runaway Switchboard operates a confidential hotline for runaway youth, teens in crisis, and concerned friends and family members. All services are free and available 24 hours every day. and include: Crisis Intervention, Message relay between runaways and their parent/legal guardian, Referrals and conference to community-based resources such as counseling, support groups, alternative housing, and health care, Home Free program in partnership with Greyhound Buslines, Inc. to help runaways return home to their families, Education and outreach services, Free NRS promotional materials for distribution at community events, school assemblies, and health fairs. 24 hr Crisis 800.621.4000 info@nrscrisisline.org or www.nrscrisisline.org (1/01)
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline - 800-656-HOPE (4673) (9/15)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Directs the caller to skilled counselors in your local area. Works with people struggling with many issues beyond suicide and of all ages. Website available specifically for young adults. Available 24/7 via phone or live chat. A 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. Those in need of help can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are routed to the closest possible crisis center in their area. With over 120 crisis centers across the country, our mission is to provide immediate assistance to anyone seeking mental health services. The call is free and confidential. People are encouraged to call for yourself, or someone they care about. The Lifeline is funded by SAMHSA, and operated by Link2Health Solutions, Inc – a private non-profit agency. Be Careful. We can't confirm or deny the facts stated in this video and yet we tend to believe the information presented. So, if I were considering suicide, I would call first.
  • National Victim Center Infolink - M-F 8:30a-5:30p - 800.FYI.CALL
  • National Youth Crisis Hotline CA - crisis for runaways & parents needing immediate assistance - 800.448.4663
  • Native American Alaskan Native website page that provides a variety of resources for communities and organizations.
  • Native Americans - Depression and suicide affect people of all ages and populations, but Native American and Alaskan Native populations can be at a higher risk. If you’re struggling, the Lifeline is available to help, 24/7.
  • Native Youth Crisis Hotline (877) 209-1266
  • National Runaway Switchboard 'Crisis intervention to work through problems and find a plan of action.' Work with both teens and parents to prevent and deal with running away. Available by phone or live chat 24/7. E-mail and forums are also available.
  • New Hampshire Headrest Teenline 800.639.6095 24 hours Free call from anywhere in New Hampshire and Vermont
  • 911 is the national emergency number in the United States
  • Oklahoma TEENLINE 800.522.8336 Hours: noon to midnight This number is available throughout the US
  • On Line Counseling is available at the following addresses and sites: Samaritans www.befrienders.org/email.html (A 24-Hour confidential e-mail service) and kidshelp.sympatico.ca - a service for young people which also addresses issues in addition to suicide. Talk to a therapist online - this is a list of over 200 psychotherapists and other professionally trained counselors who will interact with you via the Internet. Some can respond within 24-36 hours. Most charge a small fee but can be worth it. Be sure to read the background information.
  • Online Suicide Help Wiki. This site contains lists with dozens of sites, where a suicidal individual can discuss their problems via instant messaging, chat rooms, email, text, and online support groups. The site is ideal for someone who does not want to talk with someone on the phone about their suicidal thoughts. It offers healthy options for receiving help. (I say “healthy,” because unfortunately danger lurks on many Internet sites, where “pro-suicide” folks actually encourage suicide.)
  • Other suicide crisis organizations
  • Out Youth LGBATQQI Helpline - 800.969.6884
  • Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. https://drugfree.org We have trained and caring master’s-level counselors ready to help any parent struggling with a child’s drug or alcohol use. They are here to listen, help you find answers and make an action plan. Call the Helpline 855-378-4373, connect via live chat or email us to get help. All communications are free and confidential. Available Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm ET. English and Spanish.
  • Planned Parenthood Hotline: 1-800-230-PLAN (7526)
  • Poison Control Center - California - 24 hour crisis line - 800.8POISON (76-4766) or www.calpoison.org (3/00)
  • Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) Online hotline 'provides live, secure, anonymous crisis support for victims of sexual violence, their friends and families.' 24/7 communication directly with trained crisis support volunteers. La Línea de Ayuda Nacional Online de Asalto Sexual
  • Samaritans www.samaritansusa.org or www.befrienders.org/email.html A 24-Hour confidential e-mail service. The Samaritans - trained volunteers are available 24 hours a day to listen and provide emotional support to anyone in distress or at risk of suicide throughout the United States. You can call a volunteer on the phone. You can also email. Note that the Samaritans international website states that people who send an email typically receive a response within 12 hours. The site also notes that names are immediately removed from emails, and emails are deleted after 30 days. Confidential and non-judgmental.
  • San Francisco Night Ministry (http://www.sfnightministry.org/) provides free confidential telephone counseling between 10 p.m and 4 a.m. Pacific Standard Time to anyone from any locality.
  • Self-Harm Hotline call 800-DONT-CUT or visit the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery
  • Sexual Addiction Access Helpline - Phildelphia - 800.362.2644
  • South Carolina TeenLine 800.922.2283 (1-800-366-8288) Hours: Weekday evenings. Free call from Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties www.awod.com/hotline/teenline.html
  • Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) At the SAVE site, you can find an array of information for both professionals and the lay public, including a depression symptom checklist, online resources, reading lists, and more.
  • Suicide - Native American Youth - Flying with Eagles. Were to go for help: talk to an elder, a spiritual leader, a community leader, a counselor, a teaecher, a parent. Where to Get Help:
  • Suicide Prevention Crisis Lines - Call 911
  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center This is the go-to site for all sorts of information on suicide and its prevention. Especially useful to practitioners is its Best Practices Registry, which provides a list and descriptions of evidence-based practices in suicide prevention and intervention.
  • Teen Line 'Teens helping teens - connect, talk, chat, get help.' Teen and adult volunteers available to help. Communication through direct calling, text, email or message board. Teen Talk App: Download the free iPhone app to vent, share and geet support from a trained teen! 
  • Texas Youth Hotline 800.210.2278 24 hours a dayFree call from anywhere in Texas www.tdprs.state.tx.us/Prevention_&_Early_Intervention/Helping_Youth_&_Families/youth.asp
  • 1-800-THERAPIST. This is a toll-free number, and it's a free referral service. It appears you can only talk to a "referral resource counselor" during normal business hours. The advantage to using this service is that after an initial telephone evaluation, they can refer you to the full range of mental clinicians including a psychiatrist, psychologist, marriage or family therapist, clinical social worker, licensed professional counselor, or psychiatric nurse. 800.843.7274 or www.1-800-THERAPIST.com (broken)
  • Trans Lifeline is an American organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to transgender and non-binary individuals. Trans Lifeline offers service throughout the United States and Canada.
  • Trevor Project - is an organization that provides 24-hour crisis hotline services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and young people who are confused about their sexuality. It tries to prevent personal crisis and suicide. It is available everywhere in the country. Call before you fall:  The Trevor Project, a nonprofit organization named for the short film about a 13-year-old boy who attempts suicide because of his sexuality, has established a national toll free, 24-hour suicide prevention hotline for gay youths. 866-488-7386 and provides instant-messaging chat on Mondays and Fridays, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST Trevor Project Lifeline Chat The Trevor Project, which reaches out to LGBT youth, provides instant-messaging chat on Mondays and Fridays, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern standard time. This site offers information geared toward suicide prevention in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. Educators, parents, mental health professionals, and youth themselves can find meaningful help here. In particular, the site offers extensive resources to youth; see the section above, “For Immediate Help with Suicidal Thoughts.”
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, inhalants - www.cpsc.gov
  • Vermont Headrest Teenline 800.639.6095 24 hours
  • Veterans Crisis Line is a suicide-prevention hotline available to United States military people (both active-duty and veterans), in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The service is confidential, free and open 24 hours. For veterans, crises can be heightened by their experiences during military service. If you’re a veteran or service member and in crisis, these resources can help. 24/7 800-273-8255 then press 1. TTY 800-799-4889. Text SOS to 838255, the veterans crisis text line. Combat veterans 24/7 talk line, not crisis 877-927-8387
  • Victims of Crime Resource Center - 800.627.6872
  • Web Sites - For Gay Youth - www.sws.soton.ac.uk/gay-youth-suicide For Youth: www.virtualcity.com/youthsuicide
  • Youth - Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between 10 to 24. Sometimes your struggle can be underestimated because of your age. But we hear you, and help is available.
  • Youth Suicide - www.virtualcity.com/youthsuicide/


What to expect when you call/chat/text a crisis line

If this is your first time calling a support line for help, you may have questions. Someone will be there to listen and support you.

What happens?

  • The person will ask your name and how they can help
  • They may ask for other personal information to help you but you’re never required to share
  • They will keep what you say confidential
  • They will listen to you with compassion
  • They will not judge you or tell you what to do
  • They may give you ideas about where to find more help or how you can find a counselor

The crisis line will not share your information unless there are signs of abuse, neglect, or they are worried about harm to yourself or others. Please go to the organization’s website to learn more about their privacy policies.


Calling 911 And Talking With Police

If a situation escalates into a crisis, you may have to call the police. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to keep the situation as calm as possible.

On The Phone

Share all the information you can with your 911 operator. Tell the dispatcher that your loved one is having a mental health crisis and explain her mental health history and/or diagnosis. If the police who arrive aren't aware that a mental health crisis is occurring, they cannot handle the situation appropriately. Many communities have crisis intervention team (CIT) programs that train police officers to handle and respond safely to psychiatric crisis calls. Not every police officer is trained in a CIT program, but you should ask for a CIT officer if possible.

During A Crisis

Police are trained to maintain control and ensure safety. If you are worried about a police officer overreacting, the best way to ensure a safe outcome is to stay calm. When an officer arrives at your home, say "this is a mental health crisis." Mention you can share any helpful information, then step out of the way. Yelling or getting too close to the officer is likely to make him feel out of control. You want the officer as calm as possible.

Be aware that your loved one may be placed in handcuffs and transported in the back of a police car. This can be extremely upsetting to witness, so be prepared.

What Can The Police Do?

  • Transport a person who wants to go to the hospital. A well-trained CIT officer can often talk to a person who is upset, calm him down and convince him to go to the hospital voluntarily.
  • Take a person to a hospital for an involuntary evaluation. In certain circumstances, police can force a person in crisis to go to the hospital involuntarily for a mental health evaluation. The laws vary from state to state.
  • Check on the welfare of your family member if you are worried about her or can't reach her. Call the non-emergency number for the police department in your community and explain why you are concerned. Ask them to conduct a welfare check.

If you have questions about the laws in your state, talk to your local police department or contact your local NAMI.
Source: www.nami.org/Find-Support/Family-Members-and-Caregivers/Calling-911-and-Talking-with-Police

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