Talk To Someone Now
If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support,
the 988 Lifeline is available 24/7 across the United States. It is available for everyone, free, and confidential.
Call or Text 988 or visit 988Lifeline.org
If you are trying to reach a 988 call center in Virginia using an out-of-state area code, you can call 703-752-5263.
Text ASKUS to 741741
Each Community Services Board (CSB) has 24 hour emergency services. Find your nearest CSB here.
Suicide Warning Signs
It is important to know the warning signs of suicide. The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk of suicide.Talking about wanting to dieLooking for a way to kill oneselfTalking about feeling hopeless or having no purposeTalking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable painTalking about being a burden to othersIncreasing the use of alcohol or drugsActing anxious, agitated, or recklessSleeping too little or too muchWithdrawing or feeling isolatedShowing rage or talking about seeking revengeDisplaying extreme mood swings
What Can I Do To Help a Family Member or Friend?
If you suspect someone may be at risk for suicide, it is important to ask directly about suicidal thoughts. Do not avoid using the word “suicide” as it does not increase risk of suicide. Listen to the person non-judgementally; talking things out shows that you care and want to hear their story. Get others involved by connecting them with available support. Your local CSB, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or the National Crisis Textline are resources that can guide you to what action you need to take.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. If you are interested in becoming certified in Mental Health First Aid, please locate a class near you here or contact Michael Olsen at Michael.Olsen@dbhds.virginia.gov for more information.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Training
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. If you are interested in completed an ASIST training, please locate a class near you here or contact Nicole Gore at Nicole.Gore@dbhds.virginia.gov for more information.
There are many suicide prevention organizations that need support and volunteers. Here are just a few that could benefit from your assistance.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
National Alliance on Mental Illness