I'm thinking about suicide. With what is going on with my life, it seems to
be the only choice I have. How can I get help? – Jake*
If you have been thinking about suicide, it is important to get help right
If you need to talk with someone right now, resources are available 24/7 to help
you by calling or texting:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or
text CONNECT to 741741. You also can contact them through their
Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ community: 1-866-488-7386 or text START
to 678678. You can also contact them through their
These toll-free lines are staffed by people who are trained to help you without
ever knowing your name or seeing your face. The calls are confidential.
If you feel you are in immediate danger of hurting yourself, call 911 or
drive to the nearest emergency room.
If you do not need to talk with someone right now, plan to talk to someone you
trust as soon as you can, preferably a parent or other caring, responsible adult in
your life. Talk to someone like a coach, school
counselor, religious leader, or teacher if you feel more comfortable talking to
someone outside your family.
Start the conversation by saying, "I've been having a tough time lately, and I've
been thinking about suicide. I need your help." Then, you can work together to find
ways to get the help and support you need in this difficult time.
Remember, you are never alone and there are always ways to get help for yourself.