Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline is a national suicide prevention hotline that you can call any time, day or night. A real person will help you through a crisis, give you information, and tell you about resources in your area. There are more than 130 crisis centers in the country. Your call to the Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) is free and everything you talk to a crisis worker about is just between the two of you.
Who answers your calls? Lifeline workers are trained volunteers of all ages. When you call the Lifeline, you will be connected to a crisis center in your area. You may call the Lifeline to talk about everything from issues with drinking and drugs to problems with your boyfriend, girlfriend, parents, or others. You can call the Lifeline if you are thinking about suicide or if you’re worried about a friend or loved one who is depressed.
Others you can talk to. Lifeline volunteers can tell you where you can get help after your phone call. They can also tell you about mental health resources in your community, like support groups and crisis outreach teams. You aren’t alone.
Acknowledgment: This fact sheet was originally developed by youth and staff at ReachOut.com, a website that helps teens get through tough times.
Donna Noonan, MPH, CHES
Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator