Mental health, Suicide

Crisis Resources for Suicide Prevention

Suicide crisis resources – reach out

Sadly, we hear all too often of people who have lost their lives to suicide.  Many among us in the mental health blogging community have either attempted suicide or had thoughts of doing so.  There are suicide crisis resources available to support us; it’s just a matter of knowing what they are and being willing to reach out.  Here are some of the many resources that are out there.

Note: these URLs are subject to change without notice, and the links are provided for convenience only.

International


Australia


Canada


UK

  • CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably): webchat for men
  • Shout crisis text line: text Shout to 85258
  • Papyrus HopeLineUK for adults under 35, call 0800 068 41 41 or text 07786209697
  • Premier Lifeline: Christian faith-oriented crisis line, call 0300 111 0101
  • Samaritans crisis line 116 123

USA


Suicide prevention and safety planning apps

What’s not on this list

While these kinds of crisis resources can help you get through difficult moments, they don’t address the underlying problem. In many cases, that underlying problem is mental illness.

When mental illness is the underlying issue, crisis lines can be useful in a supportive capacity, but what really needs to happen is effective mental health treatment. So reach out to a crisis line to talk, but even more importantly, reach out to a mental health professional to help you manage your illness. Whether that starts with an appointment with your GP or a trip to the emergency department, getting the illness better under control will be the most effective way of dealing with the suicidality.

Suicide and Mental Illness – who to reach out to

The suicide & mental illness resource page has info on suicidal thinking, crisis lines and safety planning, along with straight talk on suicide.

28 thoughts on “Crisis Resources for Suicide Prevention”

  1. This is so useful. I had no idea there were online chats, which is the sort of thing that’d be right up my alley. So great to know! Wow, thanks!!

    I’ve seen a lot of ads lately for online counseling. Must be the wave of the future!

  2. the fact that you added apps is really brilliant. People need to be shown that there will always be help out there, and it’s great that you’re showing them. You’re doing great x

  3. Ty, I am so glad that you posted the chats links and apps for people to download! I believe in what you are doing here!

  4. Thank you! Normally when I’m suicidal, I text my therapist and ask if I can call her. She generally gets back to me pretty quickly. If she doesn’t, though, I’ll look at my coping lists again and see if there’s anything I can do, especially getting out of my room and texting or seeing friends.
    I have other phone numbers in my contacts on my phone and written on sticky notes around my room. There’s Samaritans in the USA, too, in certain areas: http://www.samaritansusa.org/contact.php. My school also has some emergency numbers to call (when school is in session).
    I’ve used the Safety Plan app. I also have the Virtual Hope Box app and the What’s Up app (not WhatsApp!). I generally don’t think to use these things when I’m in a crisis, though.
    I also like 7cups.com. You can’t use it if you’re actively suicidal, but it’s super helpful at other times.

  5. Reblogged this on One Blog, One Day at a Time and commented:
    This is a list of important lifelines that can be used by anyone that needs it. If you are concerned about someone, these phone numbers and sites can be helpful. If you are the one that needs help, know that there is someone out there to assist you.

  6. Being borderline I’m often suicidal, but I have a support network in place which is a must for me

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