I'm Worried About Someone
If you are feeling suicidal right now, please call 1-800-273-TALK in the U.S. or visit IASP to find a helpline in your country.
It can be scary when a friend or loved one is thinking about suicide. Let us help. If someone you know has any warning signs, we encourage you to call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), so that you can find out what resources are available in your area. Your call will be routed to the Lifeline Center closest to your area code. Your local crisis center may have resources such as counseling or in-patient treatment centers for your friend or family member. Most importantly, please encourage them to call the Lifeline Center.
How to be helpful to someone who is talking about suicide:
Many people, at some point in their lives, think about suicide. Most decide to live once they come to realize that the crisis is temporary and death is permanent. In contrast, there are some who may perceive their dilemma as inescapable and feel an utter loss of control.
Some feelings and thoughts they may experience include:
If you experience these feelings, you are not alone. Seek help.
If someone you know exhibits these symptoms, offer support or contact a professional for assistance!
This content was developed by the American Association of Suicidology.
Supporting someone who has attempted suicide can be emotionally draining, stressful, and exhausting. It is not possible to watch over someone 24/7 and this is not something you need to deal with alone.
Ensure you have adequate support systems in place for yourself. Identify trusted family members or friends that you can talk to or join a local support group.
If you are finding it difficult to deal with the strain of the situation, you may also wish to consider counseling or professional support for yourself. It is vital that you look after yourself and get the support you need.
If you live in the U.S. and don't know who to turn to, call:
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
or The National Hopeline Network at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433).