Steps to take when you're experiencing a crisis

If you are having thoughts of death or suicide, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text 741-741. If you need immediate help, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Click here for  non-US crisis lines.

Play this video if you're having urges to kill yourself

Creating a Safety Plan

Creating a safety plan is an important way to prevent future crises and/or promote safety if crisis occurs. Below are a few recommendations: 

  • My 3 is a downloadable app recommended by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline that creates a safety plan for people experiencing suicidal thoughts.
  • This safety plan template, created by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, can help people struggling with suicidal thoughts/behaviors to plan for future crisis, should it occur. 
Navigating a Mental Health Crisis
  • Navigating a Mental Health Crisis is a comprehensive resource guide created by the National Alliance on Mental Illness for those experiencing a mental health emergency.
Coping with Suicidal Thoughts
  • Now Matters Now provides skills for coping with suicidal thoughts, based on dialectical behavioral therapy.

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