September is Suicide Prevention Month, which means that this month you will see a lot more out there about suicide. With the recent celebrity deaths by suicide, the new season of Netflixs’ show 13 Reasons Why, and the Momo Suicide Game in the news, suicide has been much more visible to the general public in recent months, it’s a good time to for Suicide Prevention Month. The increase in reporting about suicide brings both good (making it easier for those in need to find resources), and bad (possible increased suicides, depending on media reporting) consequences.
Googling “suicide prevention month” brings up the National Suicide Prevention Hotline as a top result. Beyond that, I could not easily find a comprehensive list of all of the hotlines, so I decided to compile a list. If I am missing any from this list that you know of, please contact me so that I can add it.
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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255; online chat available via the link provided
Crisis Text Line text 714714
For Spanish Speakers
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Spanish Speakers) 1-888-628-9454
Hotlines for LGBTQ
Trevor Project (for age 13-24) 1-800-488-7386; for their text option text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200; online chat available via the link provided
Trans Lifeline 877-565-8860; online and text do not seem to be available at this time
Some states have additional hotlines to the National Lifeline, and many individual counties and cities have their own hotlines as well. It is easy to find out if your state, county, or city has its own hotline by googling “[your location] suicide hotline.”
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and many of these deaths are preventable. If you, or someone you love, struggles with suicidal ideation, or a mental illness that may lead them to consider suicide at some point, make sure to save the appropriate Lifeline phone number(s) in both theirs and your own phone.