Suicide Prevention




Crisis Resources


In an emergency dial 911 and stay on the line until instructed to hang up  


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK      


What is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline? 

Is the call anonymous?   

Yes, each call is anonymous. While responders may ask for information including your name, perhaps your location, if you feel uncomfortable divulging such information you are not required to do so in order to speak with trained responders at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 


Is the call private? 

Your call is confidential, which means that the crisis counselor will make every effort to keep your identity private. 


What will happen when I call? 
When you dial 1-800-273-TALK, your call will be routed to the nearest available crisis center in our net work. We currently have 120 centers in the net work and you will probably speak to one in your area. Each center operates independently of the Lifeline and has its own trained staff. 

If calling for yourself: Crisis center staff will listen and talk with you. If needed, they can give you information about local community resources or services to help you after the call is over. You are always free to call 1-800-273-TALK again for followup or to check in. 

If calling for someone you care about: If you are worried that someone you know is in crisis or is thinking about suicide, our centers can help. A crisis worker might: 

  • Give you ideas and tips about how to approach the person you're concerned about. The crisis worker can help you think about what to say to encourage your friend or loved one to seek help. 
  • In some cases, the center can conference you together with the person you are concerned about 
  • You don't have to be in crisis to call
  • Some communities have mobile crisis outreach teams that can visit people in their homes. If your area has an outreach team, our center will connect you with it. 

You can call for information 

Our centers can answer general questions about mental health, depression, suicide, community health resources, and more. You also can call to find out more about suicide prevention activities in your area. 

Some Facts About the Lifeline 

  • The call is toll-free from any phone in the United States      . 
  • Our line operates all day, every day, so you can reach a crisis worker whenever you need one. 
  • Your call is confidential, which means that the crisis counselor will make every effort to keep your identity private. 
  • We have services in English (1-800-273-8255) and Spanish (1-888-628-9454). 
  • We are the only federally funded national hotline network. 

Who Should Call? 

  • Anyone, but especially those who feel sad, hopeless, or suicidal 
  • Family and friends who are concerned about a loved one who may be experiencing these feelings 
  • Anyone interested in suicide prevention, treatment, and service referrals 

Common reasons why people call the Lifeline include: 


Suicidal thoughts 


Information on suicide 

Economic problems 

Information on mental health/ illness 

Sexual orientation issues 

Post-disaster needs 

Homelessness issues 

Substance abuse/addiction 

Physical illness 

To help a friend or loved one 


Relationship problems 

Family problems 

Why Should I call? - 

From immediate suicidal crisis to information about mental health, crisis centers in our network are equipped to take a wide range of calls. Some of the reasons to call 1-800-273-TALK are listed below.

  • Call to speak with someone who cares 
  • Call if you feel you might be in danger of hurting yourself 
  • Call to find referrals to mental health services in your area 
  • Call to speak to a crisis worker about someone you're concerned about   

Further Resources


Violence & Injury Prevention Section, Michigan Department of Community Health 


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention