Learn the benefits of calling a suicide hotline, find out what to expect when you call and locate national, international and local resources.

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:

  • Call 1-800-273-8255
  • Text 828-255
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

If you are struggling with substance use and a mental health condition that may be causing suicidal thoughts, The Recovery Village may be able to provide you with dual diagnosis treatment. Contact The Recovery Village today to learn more about options for treating co-occurring disorders

Megan Hull
Editor – Megan Hull
Megan Hull is a content specialist who edits, writes and ideates content to help people find recovery. Read more
Denise-Marie Griswold
Medically Reviewed By – Denise-Marie Griswold, LCAS
Denise-Marie Griswold is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. She earned her Master's Degree in Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling from East Carolina University in 2014. Read more
Sources

SuicideHotline.com. “Hotlines in Your State.” April 29, 2018. Accessed on May 17, 2019.

USA Today. “What Actually Happens When You Call You Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.” September 10, 2018. Accessed on May 17, 2019.

iFred.com. “Suicide Hotlines.” Accessed on May 17, 2019.

SuicidePreventionLifeline.org “Talk to Someone Now.” Accessed on May 17, 2019.

Medical Disclaimer

The Recovery Village aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers.