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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

- Where to get help if you're depressed and considering suicide


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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If you or a loved one have gone through hard times and you're thinking of ending it all, don't give up hope. There is a way that you can get help immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available for free and completely confidential, and it's available 24/7.

Just call 1-800-273-TALK(8255) and you can speak with a trained counselor who will help you overcome your thoughts of suicide, and to give you information about mental health services near you. If you are hearing-impaired and use TTY, then please use the TTY number: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889). There is also a National Suicide Prevention Hotline for those who speak Spanish: 1-888-628-9454.

You may also call 1-800-SUICIDE for help. All calls to this number are also confidential. Both 1-800-273-TALK and 1-800-SUICIDE are toll-free and available 24/7. They are two different ways to reach the same service for those in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.

If you are a veteran or concerned about one, you may call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1. Or you may send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The Lifeline Network is there to give hope to those who are having suicidal thoughts, who have substance abuse/addiction problems, relationship problems, economic problems, feelings of loneliness, family problems and more.

Anyone who feels alone, hopeless or suicidal may call, and family and friends who are concerned about the welfare of loved ones may call for information to find out how to help them.

Both 1-800-273-TALK and 1-800-SUICIDE are funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a government agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Both of these 800 numbers are administered by non-profit agency Link2Health Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of the Mental Health Association of New York City.

Many crisis centers are only staffed by volunteers. If you are interested in helping out by becoming a hotline volunteer, you will be trained to answer crisis calls. You may also consider donating to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. For more information, please go to http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetInvolved/Default.aspx

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