Suicidal thoughts can be hard to discuss with friends and loved ones. Knowing who to talk to or feeling safe talking about these thoughts can seem impossible. In these cases, a suicide prevention hotline may be a good option. Suicide hotlines provide judgment-free support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Calling a suicide crisis hotline can be intimidating. While it may seem overwhelming or even scary to call someone to discuss suicidal thoughts, suicide helplines are staffed by individuals trained to handle these types of calls.

When Should You Call a Suicide Hotline?

Calling a suicide hotline may not always be the best course of action to take, so it is important to know when to call a suicide hotline and when to use other resources.

You may benefit most from calling a 24-hour suicide hotline if you have been experiencing any of the following:

  • Thinking you would be better off dead
  • Believing it would be better for others if you weren’t around
  • Wanting to go to sleep and never wake up
  • Having specific thoughts of harming or killing yourself
  • Believing that you are a burden to others
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room as soon as possible.

What Kinds of Questions Will You Be Asked?

One fear associated with calling a suicide hotline is not knowing what happens when you call a suicide hotline. Being prepared with this information before you call can ease some of this stress. When you call a suicide hotline, the first question you are asked will typically assess why you are calling. After this, the hotline operator may ask questions to determine if you are safe.

To get the best results and the most helpful assistance, it is important to be honest and open when answering questions, even if they seem irrelevant.

Benefits of Calling a Suicide Hotline

There are many benefits of suicide hotlines. Calling can:

  • Provide support when you need it most
  • Help you focus on healthy coping skills
  • Connect you to with local resources and emergency services (when appropriate)

Are Suicide Hotlines Free?

Unlike therapy options which are conducted over the phone or online, suicide hotlines are free without any hidden charges. A free suicide hotline can allow you to speak with someone when you are in a crisis, regardless of if you have insurance. Most toll-free suicide hotlines are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving you a free resource anytime you need it.

Is My Call Confidential?

One feature of most suicide hotlines is that they are committed to protecting your privacy. Anonymous suicide hotlines allow callers to speak with supportive operators without revealing their identity or other personal details. Confidential suicide hotlines may gather information such as your name and location but will not share this information or use it unless there is a serious concern for your safety or the safety of someone else. Even in these cases, confidentiality is protected to the highest degree possible.

National Suicide Hotlines

There are several national suicide hotlines accessible from nearly anywhere in the United States. These national suicide prevention hotlines can be used by anyone in the country, at any time. The most reputable of these hotlines is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Online Hotlines

Individuals who feel particularly uncomfortable talking about their suicidal thoughts may find a suicide hotline online chat to be a more accessible option. Online suicide hotlines and suicide hotline text lines allow people to chat online or via text with support personnel. Some crisis line text numbers and online chats available include:

Teen Hotlines

In addition to general national helplines, there are several helplines dedicated to special populations such as teenagers. For example, Teen Line is a teen suicide hotline that has both call and text options. This service even provides a teen suicide prevention hotline app for smartphones among other ways to connect.

Reach youth suicide hotline at:

  • Teen Line: Call 310-855-2673 or Text TEEN to 839963 or download the app
  • Boys Town: Call 1-800-448-1833

LGBT Hotline

Due to discrimination, LGBTQ youths are often at a higher risk of suicide. In order to best support this group, there are specific LGBT suicide hotlines such as the Trevor Project hotline. The Trevor Project can be reached in any of the following ways:

  • Call 1-866-488-7346
  • Text START to 678-678

Veterans Crisis Line

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) runs a veterans crisis line providing specialized help for veterans. Many operators at the veterans suicide hotline are veterans themselves. The veterans crisis line number can be reached in the following ways:

Christian Suicide Hotline

For individuals who would rather reach out to a Christian crisis service, there are some options for Christian suicide hotlines, including:

International Suicide Hotlines

Many countries have their own hotlines. If you live abroad or are traveling, there may be an international suicide hotline available to you. These can be located using an international suicide hotline finder such as Befrienders Worldwide.

Additional suicide hotlines in specific countries can be found online on various websites, including the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and WhatsApp.

Suicide Hotline Finder

If you would like to find a hotline near you, you may wish to use an online suicide hotline finder.  Additional resources for specific populations, including gender, race, and age-specific resources, can also be found online.

Local Suicide Hotlines

If you would prefer to call a local suicide hotline instead of a national hotline, there are many local suicide prevention hotlines available. However, unlike most national options, local hotlines may not be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Local suicide hotline numbers by the state served include:

Browse by State

  • Alabama

    NAMI Alabama

    (800) 626-4199

    Northwest Alabama Mental Health Center

    (205) 387-0541

    AFSP Alabama

    (205) 355-1876

    Crisis Center

    (205) 323-7777

    Crisis Services of North Alabama

    (800) 691-8426

    Alabama 2-1-1

    211

  • Alaska

    NAMI Alaska

    (907) 277-1300

    Mental Health Association in Alaska

    (907) 563-0880

    Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority

    (907) 269-7960

    Alaska Division of Behavioral Health

    (907) 465-3370

    Alaska CARELINE

    (877) 266-4357

  • Arizona

    NAMI Arizona

    (602) 244-8166

    Mental Health Association of Arizona

    (480) 982-5305

    EMPACT – Suicide Prevention Center

    (480) 784-1514

    Teen Lifeline

    (602) 248-8337

  • Arkansas

    NAMI Arkansas

    (800) 844-0381

    Mental Health Council of Arkansas

    (501) 372-7062

    Arkansas Crisis Center

    (888) 274-7472

  • California

    NAMI California

    (916) 567-0163

    California Mental Health Service Authority

    (916) 859-4827

    AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) San Francisco

    (707) 968-7563

    California Accredited Crisis Centers

    (800) 273-8255

    Friends for Survival

    (916) 392-0664

  • Colorado

    Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention

    (303) 692-2369

    NAMI Colorado

    (303) 321-3104

    Mental Health Colorado

    (720) 208-2220

    Sources of Strength

    (701) 471-7186

    Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program

    (303) 429-3530

    University of Colorado Depression Center

    (303) 724-3300

  • Connecticut

    NAMI Connecticut

    (860) 882-0236

    Mental Health Association Connecticut

    (860) 529-1970

    The United Way of CT

    (800) 273-8255

  • Delaware

    NAMI Delaware

    (302) 427-0787

    Mental Health Association in Delaware

    (302) 654-6833

    New Directions Delaware

    (302) 286-1161

  • District of Columbia

    NAMI DC

    (202) 546-0646

    Mental Health America – Washington DC

    (202) 806-7707

    AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) – National Capital Area

    (646) 632-5189

    DC Behavioral Health Association

    (202) 481-1419

  • Florida

    NAMI – Florida

    (850) 671-4445

    Mental Health America of Northeast Florida

    (904) 738-8420

    Mental Health Association of Central Florida

    (407) 855-0588

    AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) – Central Florida

    (407) 415-8757

    Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Inc.

    (813) 964-1964 x3043

  • Georgia

    NAMI – Georgia

    (770) 234-0855

    Mental Health Association of Georgia

    (404) 527-7175

    AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) – Georgia

    (770) 843-3836

    Behavioral Health Link

    (404) 420-3202

  • Hawaii

    NAMI Hawaii

    (808) 591-1297

    Mental Health America of Hawaii

    (808) 521-1846

    AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) Hawaii Chapter

    (808) 521-6110

    Mental Health Kokua United Way Hawai’i

    (808) 737-2523

  • Idaho

    NAMI Boise

    (208) 376-4304

    SPAN Idaho

    (208) 860-1703

  • Illinois

    Centerstone – Illinois locations

    (855) 608-3560

    Crisis Line of Will and Grundy Counties

    (815) 722-3344 x815

    Greater Chicago/Illinois Chapter (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)

    (312) 890-2377

    IL Mental Health Collaborative / IL Warm Line

    (866) 359-7953

    Mental Health America of Illinois

    (312) 368-9070

    NAMI Illinois

    (800) 346-4572

    Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

    (312) 467-2552

    Riveredge Hospital

    (708) 771-7000

    Suicide Prevention Services of America

    (630) 482-9699

  • Indiana

    NAMI Indiana

    (800) 677-6442

    Mental Health America of Indiana

    (317) 638-3501

    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Indiana Chapter

    (317) 517-5973

    Purdue University Fort Wayne – Behavioral Health and Family Studies Institute

    (260) 481-4184

    Indiana Division of Mental Health & Addiction

    (317) 232-7935

    LookUp Indiana

    (800) 284-8439

  • Iowa

    NAMI Iowa Chapter

    (515) 254-0417

    AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) Iowa

    (641) 990-4957

    Foundation 2

    (800) 332-4224

    Your Life Iowa

    (855) 581-8111

    Polk County Suicide Prevention Coalition-Polk County Health Department

    (515) 286-3430

  • Kansas

    Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center

    (785) 841-9900

    NAMI Kansas

    (800) 539-2660

    Mental Health America of the Heartland

    (913) 281-2221

    AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) Greater Kansas

    (913) 620-4136

  • Kentucky

    NAMI Kentucky

    (502) 245-5284

    Mental Health Association of Kentucky

    (859) 684-7778

    AFSP Kentucky – Support Groups

    (502) 396-8996

    Kentucky Mental Health Coalition

    (877) 894-0222

  • Louisiana

    NAMI Louisiana

    (866) 851-6264

    Mental Health America in Louisiana

    (225) 978-2177

    Via Link (Listening, Understanding, Connecting)

    (800) 749-2673

    Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center

    (800) 437-0303

  • Maine

    NAMI Maine

    (800) 464-5767

  • Maryland

    NAMI Maryland

    (410) 863-0470

    Mental Health Association of Maryland

    (800) 572-6426

    Mental Health Association in Talbot County

    (888) 706-9902

    AFSP Maryland

    (202) 770-8973

  • Massachusetts

    AFSP-Greater Boston

    (508) 450-3309

    Massachusetts Association for Mental Health

    (617) 742-7452

    NAMI Massachusetts

    (617) 580-8541

    Riverside Trauma Center

    (781) 433-0672

  • Michigan

    Michigan Suicide Hotlines

    (800) 273-8255

    NAMI Michigan

    (517) 485-4049

    Mental Health Association in Michigan

    (248) 647-1711

    AFSP – Metro Detroit/Ann Arbor

    (312) 402-2006

  • Minnesota

    NAMI Minnesota

    (888) 473-0237

    Mental Health Association Minnesota

    (651) 493-6634

    SAVE – Suicide Survivor Support

    (952) 946-7998

    Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health

    (651) 644-7333

    Canvas Health

    (866) 379-6363

    Minnesota Carlton County Public Health and Human Services

    (888) 818-4511

  • Mississippi

    NAMI Mississippi

    (800) 357-0388

    Mental Health Association of South Mississippi

    (228) 864-6274

    AFSP Mississippi

    (205) 335-1876

    Brentwood Behavioral Healthcare of Mississippi

    (800) 863-4004

    Southwest Mississippi Mental Health Complex

    (601) 684-2173

  • Missouri

    NAMI Missouri

    (800) 950-6264

    Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri

    (800) 359-5695

    AFSP Greater Mid-Missouri

    (312) 402-2006

    Pharmacists Preventing Suicides

    (314) 517-8708

    Suicide Awareness Survivor Support

    (913) 681-3050

    Kids Under Twenty One (KUTO)

    (314) 963-7571

  • Montana

    NAMI Montana

    (406) 443-7871

    Montana Mental Health Association

    (888) 268-2743 x406

    Montana Children’s Initiative

    (406) 256-3585

    Critical Illness and Trauma Foundation

    (406) 585-2659

  • Nebraska

    NAMI Nebraska

    (877) 463-6264

    Mental Health Association of Nebraska

    (800) 422-6691

    AFSP Nebraska

    (402) 681-9109

    The Kim Foundation

    (402) 891-6997

  • Nevada

    NAMI Nevada

    (775) 336-3090

    Nevada 211

    (866) 535-5654

  • New Hampshire

    NAMI NH

    (603) 225-5359 x315

    New Hampshire Community Behavioral Health Association

    (603) 225-6633

    NAMI-NH CONNECT Suicide Prevention Program

    (800) 242-6264

  • New Jersey

    NAMI New Jersey

    (732) 940-0991

    Mental Health Association in New Jersey

    (973) 571-4100

    New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addictions Agencies, Inc.

    (609) 838-5488

    New Jersey Hopeline

    (855) 654-6735

  • New Mexico

    NAMI New Mexico

    (505) 260-0154

    Mental Health Association of New Mexico

    (505) 425-7030

    Honoring Native Life

    (505) 272-6238

  • New York

    NAMI New York State

    (518) 462-2000

    The Mental Health Association in New York State

    (518) 434-0439

    Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide – University of Rochester Medical Center

    (585) 275-9251

    Center for the Promotion of Mental Health in Juvenile Justice

    (212) 305-6001

    The Samaritans of New York

    (212) 673-3041

  • North Carolina

    The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-North Carolina

    (919) 356-2488

    NAMI North Carolina

    (919) 788-0801

    Mental Health Association in Forsyth County

    (336) 768-3880

    REAL Crisis Center

    (252) 758-4357

    Hopeline, Inc.

    (919) 832-3326

    Family Services, Inc.

    (336) 722-8173

    Durham Yellow Ribbon Program

    (919) 544-7997

    Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Abuse

    (919) 855-4800

  • North Dakota

    FirstLink, Fargo

    (701) 293-6462

    AFSP North Dakota – State Fact Sheet

    (701) 219-4110

    Native American Development Center

    (701) 595-5181

    Pride Collective (Serving Minnesota and North Dakota)

    (218) 287-8034

    North Dakota Cares Coalition

    (701) 333-2012

    NAMI- North Dakota

    (701) 857-3345

  • Ohio

    NAMI Ohio

    (614) 224-2700

    Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Suicide Prevention and Research

    (614) 355-0850

    Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

    (614) 466-2596

    Mental Health America of Franklin County

    (614) 221-1441

    AFSP Central Ohio

    (317) 517-5973

    Consolidated Care, Inc.

    (800) 465-8065

  • Oklahoma

    NAMI Oklahoma

    (800) 583-1264

    Mental Health Association of Oklahoma

    (918) 585-1213

    AFSP Oklahoma

    (312) 402-2006

    Oklahoma Mental Health and Aging Coalition

    (406) 632-1900

    Oklahoma HeartLine (211)

    (405) 848-2273

  • Oregon

    NAMI Oregon

    (800) 343-6264

    Mental Health America of Oregon

    (503) 922-2377

    AFSP Oregon

    (503) 951-3012

    Lane County Suicide Prevention

    (541) 682-3650

    Washington County Suicide Prevention Council

    (503) 846-4748

  • Pennsylvania

    NAMI Pennsylvania

    (800) 950-6264

    Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania

    (717) 346-0549

    AFSP Central Pennsylvania

    (215) 746-7256

    Services for Teens at Risk (STAR) – Center

    (412) 246-5598

  • Rhode Island

    NAMI – Rhode Island

    (800) 749-3197

    Mental Health Association of Rhode Island

    Kid’s Link RI

    (855) 543-5465

    Parent Support Network of Rhode Island

    (800) 483-8844

    Samaritans, Inc. Rhode Island

    (401) 272-4243

    United Way of Rhode Island

    (401) 444-0600

    Rhode Island Student Assistance Services (RISAS)

    (401) 732-8680

  • South Carolina

    NAMI – South Carolina

    (803) 733-9592

    Mental Health America of South Carolina

    (803) 779-5363

    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – South Carolina Chapter

    (803) 552-9318

    Three Rivers Behavioral Health

    (802) 796-9911

  • South Dakota

    NAMI South Dakota

    (605) 271-1871

    South Dakota Council of Mental Health Centers, Inc.

    (605) 224-0123

    Aliive – Roberts County

    (605) 698-3477

    HELPLine Center (211)

    (605) 334-6646

  • Tennessee

    NAMI Tennessee

    (615) 361-6608

    Mental Health Association of East Tennessee

    (865) 584-9125

    Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI)

    (888) 881-2323

    Tennessee Voices for Children

    (615) 269-7751

  • Texas

    NAMI Texas

    (800) 633-3760

    Hotline to Help – Austin Travis County Integral Care

    (512) 472-4357

  • Utah

    NAMI Utah

    (801) 323-9900

    Valley Behavioral Health

    (888) 949-4864

    Violence and Injury Prevention Program

    (801) 538-6865

    Intermountain Healthcare

    (801) 442-2000

  • Vermont

    Vermont Department of Mental Health

    (802) 241-0113

    University of Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP)

    (802) 656-8210

    NAMI – Vermont

    (802) 244-1396

    Vermont 2-1-1

    (866) 652-4636

    PEAR: People Education Advocacy Recovery

    (802) 223-6263

  • Virginia

    NAMI Virginia

    (888) 486-8264

    Mental Health America of Virginia

    (804) 257-5591

    AFSP Virginia

    (646) 632-5189

    The Crisis Center, Inc.

    (276) 466-2312

    ACTS Helpline/Suicide Prevention Hotline

    (703) 441-8606

    Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services – PRS CrisisLink

    (703) 536-9000

    The Planning Council

    (800) 410-9774

  • Washington

    Forefront Innovations in Suicide Prevention

    (206) 543-1016

    Safer Homes Coalition

    (206) 543-1016

    AFSP Washington State Chapter

    (206) 459-7617

    NAMI Seattle

    (206) 783-9264

    Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center

    (206) 744-9430

  • West Virginia

    West Virginia Behavioral Health Providers Association

    (304) 343-0728

  • Wisconsin

    NAMI Wisconsin

    (608) 268-6000

    Wisconsin United for Mental Health

    (866) 948-6483

  • Wyoming

    NAMI Wyoming

    (888) 882-4968

    Grace for 2 Brothers

    (307) 256-3344

    Wyoming Association of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Centers

    (307) 855-9883

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