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If you or someone you love is experiencing suicidal thoughts, the best thing you can do is to reach out to a compassionate professional. Often, suicidal impulses stem from untreated mental health conditions, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or PTSD. When struggling with mental illness, many people self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. Tragically, addiction and mental illness often increase the likelihood of suicidal thoughts. By addressing the many factors that fuel your feelings, you can overcome them and find renewed purpose in life.
Suicide prevention hotlines can be life-saving resources for people struggling with suicidal thoughts. If you are currently suicidal and need someone to listen, the best place to call is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If you’ve worked through your initial feelings and struggle with substance dependence, The Recovery Village’s suicide hotline can help you overcome the underlying issues that contributed to your suicidal thoughts and connect you to the care you need.
What Is a Suicide Hotline?
A suicide hotline is a toll-free phone number intended to help people who are struggling with suicidal thoughts, impulses and urges, or those who know someone who is. These national helplines are operated by compassionate professionals who are available to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
When Should I Call a Suicide Hotline?
If you or someone you know has attempted suicide or is a life-or-death situation, call 911 immediately. Emergency operators can connect you to the local help you need as quickly as possible. For those who do not need immediate medical attention, we recommend calling a national suicide hotline if you or someone you know is considering suicide or having suicidal thoughts.
What Information Do I Need to Provide When I Call a Suicide Hotline?
When you call a suicide prevention hotline, you can provide as much or as little information as you want. A dedicated, compassionate individual will be on the other end of the phone, waiting to talk and wanting to understand how your problem is affecting you.
Will My Phone Call Be Confidential?
Calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and The Recovery Village’s suicide hotline are 100 percent guaranteed confidential. This is always the case, regardless if you’re calling for yourself or someone else.
Can I Start Treatment When Calling This Hotline?
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can connect you to the treatment providers and resources you need to work through your impulses. If you or someone you love struggles with suicidal thoughts that are connected to drug or alcohol dependence, enrollment in a program at The Recovery Village can begin at the time of your call. We know that taking the first step toward the care you need can be difficult, so we aim to connect you to treatment as quickly as possible — usually within 24 hours.
Emergencies and Crisis Situations
If you or someone you know has attempted suicide, call 911 immediately. This line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the U.S.
- Available 24 Hours a Day
Veterans Crisis Line
This veterans’ suicide hotline connects veterans and the people who love them to caring professionals who understand their struggle.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Suicidal thoughts and actions are not to be taken lightly. Someone is always available to talk to you on this 24-hour hotline.
- 800-273-TALK (8255)
- Available 24 Hours a Day
The National Poison Control Center
For information about drug, alcohol or other poisoning cases, this line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The National Mental Health Association
Struggling with mental illness or just interested in more information? This line is available during business hours.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA is an organization here to help you find treatment and services if you struggle with substance abuse disorders or mental illness. Operators are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to talk.