According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, approximately 45,000 Americans commit suicide each year. That’s an average of about 123 suicides every day. However, these numbers are believed to be much higher.
A 2014 study found that nearly 40% of people suffering from a mental illness don’t get medical attention despite the high suicide rate in America. Research has shown that stigma is a major reason why people avoid seeking help.
You or someone you care about is contemplating suicide. Here is a guide with hotlines and online forums that can help you.
Suicide prevention hotlines are a great resource for people who have thoughts of self-harm. Millions of people use crisis hotlines every year to get help. They offer the opportunity to talk with counselors and trained volunteers via text message or phone.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is an international network of over 150 crisis centers. It provides confidential and free emotional support for those in suicidal crises.
Support via online forums
Calling suicide hotlines can lead to people hanging up once their calls are answered. Millions of people in crisis have an alternative to calling for help loudly.
IMAlive acts as a virtual crisis center. Volunteers are trained in crisis intervention. They are available to communicate with anyone in need of immediate assistance.
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ADAA Online Support Group
The Anxiety & Depression Association of America’s online group has more than 18,000 members around the world. It is a safe and supportive space to share your experiences and information.
Friends is a worldwide network of 349 emotional support centers around the globe. Anyone in distress can be heard. You can reach out to local partners and outreach personnel for support via text message, telephone, or online.
Worldwide Suicide Prevention Chats
Suicide Stop is a source for emergency numbers, online chats, and suicide hotlines. It also offers a wide range of support options.
Self-Injury Outreach & Support
Self Injury Outreach and Support offers a range of resources to self-injurers, including stories and guides as well as methods for daily coping.