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Need a Suicide Hotline?

People You Can Call When You Are in Crisis

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Updated October 17, 2012

Need a suicide hotline? Here is whom you can call if you are feeling suicidal and need assistance:

YOUR DOCTOR - First of all, has your doctor or therapist given you permission to contact them in an emergency? Don't be embarrassed to call them if so. This is their job, what you or your insurance company is paying for. They wouldn't give you their number if they didn't want you to use it.

A SUICIDE HOTLINE - Another option you have if you do not have a doctor is to call a suicide hotline. To search right now for suicide hotlines in your state, click this link: Suicide Hotline Listings.

NO SUICIDE HOTLINE IN YOUR AREA? - If you've searched the suicide hotline listings, but could not find one for your area, keep in mind that some crisis centers may provide an 800 number. You may call this 800 number even if the center is not in your area. You may also call 1-800-784-2433 or 1-800-273-8255 from anywhere in the U.S.

DIRECTORY INFORMATION - You may call 411 (in the U.S.) and ask for one of the following:

    • suicide prevention,
    • crisis intervention,
    • community crisis center or,
    • county mental health center.

PHONE BOOK - The White or Yellow Pages of the phone book should also have these types of listings. Many phone books will have these in the front.

EMAIL CRISIS ASSISTANCE - You can get crisis assistance online by contacting the Samaritans. They offer assistance via email. They also may be contacted via telephone for those in the UK. Click here to obtain email assistance now: The Samaritans Web Site.

911 - If all else fails, contact your local emergency number and tell them you are feeling suicidal and need help.

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