For immediate help for yourself or someone else, 24/7, call the Trevor Project or the LIFELINE




If you need help:


Find a Therapist or Support Group

Speaking to a therapist or attending a support group can help you work through your grief and improve your overall mental health. The following resources can help you find a psychologist, psychiatrist or support group near you.

Create a Safety Plan

Having a plan in place that can help guide you through difficult moments can make a difference and keep you safe.

Watch Stories of Hope and Recovery

Told through the voices of these individuals, their families, and the professionals in their support network, each inspiring story recounts one person's journey from a suicide attempt to the life of hope and recovery he/she is leading today.

Read Stories of Attempt Survivors

This blog was created by the American Association of Suicidology to share that this can happen to anyone and that it’s possible to recover, or learn to manage, and move on.

Take Care of Yourself After Treatment in the Emergency Department

 This brochure was created to help you as you begin to work through challenges that led you to attempt to take your life. It offers information about moving ahead after your treatment in the emergency department and provides resources for more information about suicide and mental illnesses.



For Someone Else


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 is routed to the Lifeline center closest to your area code. The 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.

How To Be Helpful to Someone Who Is Threatening Suicide

◦ Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.

◦ Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.

◦ Be non-judgmental. Don't debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad. Don't lecture on the value of life.

◦ Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.

◦ Don't dare him or her to do it.

◦ Don't act shocked. This will put distance between you.

◦ Don't be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.

◦ Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance.

◦ Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.

◦ Get help from persons or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

Be Aware of Feelings

Many people at some time in their lives think about suicide. Most decide to live because they eventually come to realize that the crisis is temporary and death is permanent. On the other hand, people having a crisis sometimes perceive their dilemma as inescapable and feel an utter loss of control. These are some of the feelings and thoughts they experience:

◦ Can't stop the pain

◦ Can't think clearly

◦ Can't make decisions

◦ Can't see any way out

◦ Can't sleep, eat or work

◦ Can't get out of depression

◦ Can't make the sadness go away

◦ Can't see a future without pain

◦ Can't see themselves as worthwhile

◦ Can't get someone's attention

◦ Can't seem to get control

If you experience these feelings, get help! If someone you know exhibits these symptoms, offer help!


This content was developed by the American Association of Suicidology.