If you or a loved one experiences suicidal thoughts or ongoing feelings of depression, despair, and hopelessness, please know that help is available. These resources will connect you to the immediate help you need if you or a loved one is considering suicide or seeking the assistance of a licensed mental health practitioner.
If You or a Loved One is Considering Suicide
If you or a loved one is experiencing suicidal thoughts or displaying concerning behaviors, take these immediate actions.
- Understand the risk factors and warning signs of suicide.
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
- Send a text message to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.
- Contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255. The Veterans Crisis Line can also be reached via text message at 838255.
How to Find a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
If you or a friend, spouse, partner, parent, or another loved one suffers from depression, mental illness, or suicidal ideation, these four resources will help you to find a trusted mental health practitioner.
- The Mayo Clinic offers some tips on finding mental health providers, including psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health nurses, and licensed counselors.
- Mental Health America (MHA) can also help to connect you to available resources in your area.
- If you receive medical insurance coverage through Medicare, your policy may cover mental health services such as counseling, therapy, and depression screenings.
- If you’re uninsured or can’t afford treatment, low-cost mental health services are also available.
These additional resources will help to support you or your at-risk loved one — and reduce the risk of suicide.
- How to Support Someone with Suicidal Thoughts
- How to Prepare for a Crisis
- ADAA Reviewed Mental Health Apps
Many suicides can be prevented, but the right precautions must be taken early on so that you or your loved one can get help for any mental health concerns. And remember, affordable mental health services are available; that way, you can get the help you need, no matter your budget or insurance coverage.