I'm having suicidal thoughts and need help.

We want to make sure that you get the help you need.

Please know that you are not alone. There are many (free) resources (discussion groups, social media platforms, crisis hotlines, emotional support warmlines, etc.) where you can reach out to either talk with someone confidentially about your feelings and/or share and learn from others.  And with psychotherapeutic and psychiatric treatments available, there is no reason for you to continue to suffer and be prevented from successful recovery to live a full and content life.

If This is a Crisis Situation

If ever you are concerned that you may be in danger of hurting yourself and are not able to stay safe, please do not hesitate to go the nearest emergency room or call 911 for help.  

You can also contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline that has trained crisis workers available 24/7 who will talk with you about your feelings and work with you to develop a plan for staying safe.  They can also provide information on local resources, including treatment.  You can talk with a crisis worker on the Lifeline by calling (800) 273-8255

If communicating via text is a more comfortable approach, NAMI maintains a partnership with the Crisis Text Line, available 24/7 in the United States.  You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting NAMI to 741741 and a trained crisis worker will respond within minutes.  The Crisis Text Line is a free, confidential service that is available 24/7 in the United States.

Non-Crisis Emotional Support is Available

You may want to consider reaching out to talk with someone on an emotional support Warmline about your feelings.  A Warmline is a confidential, non-crisis hotline providing emotional support, and staffed by peer volunteers who are themselves in recovery.  There, you will find an empathetic listener to talk through your feelings.  You can find a Warmline that serves your area by searching the NAMI National HelpLine's Warmline Directory.

NAMI also hosts online communities where people exchange support and encouragement.  These Discussion Groups can easily be joined by visiting www.nami.org7 Cups.com  is a website where you can talk to trained listeners for free, participate in online therapy (which requires paying a fee), or join discussion groups with individuals who are living with mental health conditions. There, you will also find a NAMI subcommunity.

Support groups can be an important part of taking care of yourself.  Mental Health America maintains a Support Group Locator to direct you to a variety of organizations that offer support groups for consumers, their family members and friends.  Some support groups are peer-led, while others may be led by a mental health professional.

Resources

  • My 3 is a downloadable App recommended by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline that creates a safety plan for those experiencing suicidal thoughts, including whom to contact when having suicidal ideation. 
  • Now Matters now is an online resource that provides support for coping with suicidal thoughts through teaching skills based on DBT; includes videos of personal stories.
  • The Buddy Project aims to prevent suicide and to provide self-harm alternatives by pairing teens through social media as buddies and raising awareness for mental health.
  • American Association of Suicidology is a National clearinghouse/directory for suicide resources, statistics, etc. Maintains a support group finder  for attempt survivors and  loss survivors. 
  • Speaking of Suicide.com is a website for individuals and their loved ones, survivors, and others who care that provides extensive information on resources for help. In particular, the website offers helpful information for those living chronic suicidal thoughts

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