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Suicide – Hot Lines & Prevention

National Suicide Hot Line: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

If you – or someone you know – is having thoughts of suicide: …please know that we arenot able to monitor this Web site for crisis messages, nor are we qualified to handle a crisis call. The Safer Child Web site should not be used as a substitute for professional advice from your doctor, lawyer or mental health professional. If this is an emergency, please contact your local crisis center or call 1-800-Suicide (1-800-784-2433).In Canada, check on this map for the number of your local crisis centre.

For Emergency Help:

bullet National Suicide Hot Line: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
bullet 911 or local emergency line
bullet The police, hospital or fire department
bullet Women’s shelter/abuse hot line: (Look in phone book, call police or ask operator).
bullet Life Crisis Services – (click on “Information/Services” for a list of centers in your area. Some of these also have e-mail addresses).
bullet Boys Town – 1-800-448-3000 (crisis hot line) or 1-800-545-5771 – an organization that cares for troubled children—both boys and girls—and for families in crisis. Their hot line staff is trained to handle calls and questions about violence and suicide. Girls and Boys Town also has an e-mail address:
bullet Metanoia – independent consumer guide (this page is directed to those considering suicide) Metanoia also has an e-mail address:
bullet American Association of Suicidology – includes a list of crisis centers with emergency numbers. Some of these also have e-mail addresses.
bullet American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – 1-888-333-AFSP (2377)
bullet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – help with suicidal feelings – either yours, or those of someone you love. Also has links to helpful organizations.
bullet National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)   (TTY: 1-800-787-3224)
bullet Suicide Information & Education Centre (in Canada) – a map to find numbers for local crisis centers
bullet The National Hopeline Network – 1-800-SUICIDE

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For More Information:

Did you know?   “More teen-agers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia and influenza, and chronic lung disease, combined.” Additionally, “Suicide is now the eighth leading cause of death in Americans.” – the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

Other statistics we’ve seen:  70 percent of teens who attempt suicide have divorced parents, and 70 percent tell their friends of their intentions. Please be wary of teaching your child to not “rat” on a friend, and do make sure you keep lines of communication open with your own teens.

bullet National Mental Health Association – 1-800-228-1114 or 1-800-969-NMHA (6642)
bullet National Mental Health Association – information on “Teen Suicide”
bullet National Mental Health Association – “Warning Signs” and “What to do if A Friend or Relative is Suicidal”
bullet National Strategy for Suicide Prevention – information and assistance (plus sobering national statistics on suicide)
bullet American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – warning signals that may precede a serious suicide attempt
bullet National Institute of Mental Health – 1-800-421-4211
bullet American Association of Suicidology
bullet American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
bullet Suicide Prevention Action Network
bullet American Psychological Association
bullet National Alliance for the Mentally Ill – 1-800- 950-NAMI (6264)
bullet Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
bullet KidsHealth – “Understanding and Preventing Teen Suicide”
bullet KidsHealth – (written for teen-agers) – “Suicide”

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