Most People Are Scared to Call The Suicide Helpline, But Here Is a Better Understanding

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, presenting a major, preventable public health problem. More than 33,000 people kill themselves each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and suicide deaths only account for part of the problem. An estimated 25 attempted suicides occur per every suicide death, and those who survive suicide may have serious injuries, in addition to having depression and other mental health problems. Men are about four times more likely than women to die of suicide, but three times more women than men report attempting suicide and suicide occurs at a disproportionately higher rate among adults 75 years and older.
What can I do?
Suicide Talk
TELL people you trust your thoughts feelings and struggles including thoughts about self harm or suicide
ASK a person bereaved by a suicide about support they need and whether they have thoughts of suicide themselves
LISTEN to the stories of the suicide bereaved, attend to the distress, support the search for the meaning in the loss
KEEP SAFE from suicide while creating a safe place for people to share their sorrow and struggles and experience healing support
Crisis Hot lines
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273 8255
To text a Veterans Counselor, text to 83825
To online chat with a Veterans Counselor, go to
TTY – 800.799.4889
Para obtener asistencia en español llame al 1-888-628-9454
National Crisis Helpline 1-800-784-2433
DuPage Crisis Line 1-630-627-1700
Depression Hotline 1-630-482-9696
Frequently Asked Questions when calling a crisis line
1-Who am I talking to?
Someone who really wants to help. Many are volunteers
Volunteers of an accredited hot line must have 80-100 hours of intense training plus constant supervising
Everyone is there because they really want people to live and manage their suffering
They are there to listen, to help you talk and perhaps direct you to support and treatment in your area
2 -Is my call confidential?
Your call is free and confidential. The information you provide will not be shared unless you give a responder permission to share it or indicate that you would like to receive care after the call.
If you are in imminent danger or at risk of harming others, the volunteer is mandated to attempt a rescue coordinated with local officials. The volunteer often stays on the line attempting to help you accept immediate support. As your lifeline, they want you to stay alive and find a reason to live.
3-What if my call doesn’t go through?
Call 911 for emergency help. Veterans can text 838255, teens can text 741741 (Crisis Teen Line)


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