Get Help

 If you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress please reach out for hope by calling:

800-273-8255 (TALK)

24 hours a day – 7 days a week

 If in immediate danger

Call 911




Develop A Plan To Stay Safe

Suicidal thoughts can seem like they will last forever – but for many, these thoughts and feelings pass. Having a plan in place that can help guide you through difficult moments can make a difference and keep you safe.

Ideally, such a plan is developed jointly with your counselor or therapist. It can also be developed with a Lifeline counselor who can help you write down actions to take and people to contact in order to feel safe from suicide.

In general, a safety plan is designed so that you can start at step one and continue through the steps until you feel safe. You should keep your plan in a place where you can easily access it (your wallet or cell phone) when you have thoughts of hurting yourself.

The following are essential elements to explore and include in the development of your Plan to Help Yourself Stay Safe”:

Recognize Warning Signs/Risk Factors

What sorts of thoughts, images, moods, situations, and behaviors indicate to you that a crisis may be developing? Write these down in your own words.

Use your own coping strategies – without contacting another person

What are some things that you can do on your own to help you not act on thoughts/urges to harm yourself?

Socialize with others who may offer support as well as distraction from the crisis

Make a list of people (with phone numbers) and social settings that may help take your mind off things.

Contact family members or friends who may help to resolve a crisis

Make a list of family members (with phone numbers) who are supportive and who you feel you can talk to when under stress.

Contact mental health professionals or agencies

List names, numbers and/or locations of clinicians, local emergency rooms, crisis hotlines – carry the Lifeline number 800-273-8255

Veterans and their families and friends are encouraged to call 800-273-8255 and Press 1

Or Text to 838255

Speak with qualified VA professionals, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential hot-line, on line chat and text-messaging service.

Veteran's Crisis Line

Survivors, Losing a loved one to Suicide

Know that your not alone

Consider talking with other survivors.  Talk openly about suicide with people who really understand.  Join a support group.

Come to talk.

Come to listen.

Come to share your experience.

Come to support others.

Come to begin your healing.

The time required for healing cannot be neatly measured against any calendar.

Piece by piece, you begin to re-enter the world.

Yes, you can survive,

and even go beyond just surviving.

Out of the Darkness, Stories of Survival