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Talking about suicide is the best way to prevent it.
Although it is not possible to predict suicide with any certainty, our best tool is recognition of the signs that many people exhibit when contemplating suicide. The following three behaviors should prompt you to seek immediate help for you or a loved one:
If you are suicidal or are a danger to yourself to others, please call 9-1-1 or visit your nearest emergency room immediately.
These organizations also offer suicide prevention resources:
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you are suicidal, please call 800.273.TALK (8255). You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area. Counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline website also offers a number of resources for those looking for support.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide.
Samaritans: Massachusetts 24-Hour Crisis Hotlines
A non-denominational, not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to reducing the incidence of suicide by befriending individuals in crisis and educating the community about effective prevention strategies. The Samaritans provides a free and confidential 24-hour phone befriending line, in Boston at 617.247.0220, and in Framingham at 508.875.4500.
Stop A Suicide Today!
Stop a Suicide Today is a nationwide campaign by Screening for Mental Health, Inc., to empower individuals to help themselves, colleagues, friends, and loved ones who are concerned about or feel suicidal.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
Learn more about suicide and what you can do if you or a loved one is displaying signs of suicidal thoughts or actions.
In addition to the resources above, these organizations offer support pointed specifically toward parents and teens.
Parents and teens may also find these articles helpful: