Feeling Suicidal?

Get Support Now

If you are feeling suicidal, lonely, or depressed, we are here for you. Whatever the reason, you will get help from a trained volunteer offering nonjudgmental support. The 24/7 Helpline is confidential and free. You can call or text us any time at 988.

How to Get Support

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What happens when you use the 24/7 Helpline?

  1. You call or text Samaritans’ 24/7 Helpline because you need to talk.
  2. One of our incredible volunteers will answer your call or text.
  3. They will ask for your name, but you do not need to disclose it if you don’t feel comfortable.
  4. Our volunteers will listen to you. We will not give advice or try to “fix” anything. We simply want to support you in whatever feelings you want to share.

All information relating to a person who reaches out for help is confidential to Samaritans unless:

  • We have informed consent from the person to pass on information;
  • We call Emergency Services because a person appears to be at imminent risk of death;
  • We receive a court order requiring us to divulge information;
  • We are told information about acts of terrorism or bomb warnings;
  • A person attacks or threatens volunteers or others; or
  • A person deliberately prevents the service from being delivered to other callers.

While Samaritans maintains confidentiality, even after the death of a caller, please consider that our contact information may appear on the invoice provided by your mobile service provider.

Just need to talk?

Though many users of our Helpline reach out when they’re feeling sad or upset, many folks contact us because they need someone to talk to. It’s a misconception that our Helpline is only for people feeling suicidal or in crisis – you can call us for any reason. We’re here to listen.

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Want to chat instead?

No problem! If you prefer to use a chat service, we also offer support through the Lifeline Crisis Chat. This is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, supported by Samaritans in partnership with the International Council for Helplines.

Need help in another language?

In efforts to best serve our community, our 24/7 Helpline is available in more than 240 different languages with the aid of a tele-interpreter service. If you are struggling, worried about a loved one, or in need of compassionate support, call or text 988. We are ready to listen to you. When your call is answered, please say that you would like to speak to a volunteer in your preferred language.

988 Lifeline ofrece servicios gratuitos en español las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana. No tiene que hablar inglés para recibir ayuda. Para acceder al apoyo en español, marque 988 y presione 2. Para iniciar una conversación de mensaje de texto en español con el 988 Lifeline, envía la palabra AYUDA a 988.

Alèkile Sèvis asistans nan telefòn 24 sou 24, 7 jou sou 7, disponib an Kreyòl Ayisyen!

Nan bi pou sèvi kominote nou an pi byen, Sèvis asistans nan telefòn 24/7 nou an, disponib alèkile nan plis pase 240 lang diferan, sa gen ladan Kreyòl Ayisyen, avèk èd yon sèvis tele-entèprèt! Si ou santi ou deprime, solitè, ou vle komèt swisid, oswa ou jis bezwen pale, rele Sèvis asistans nan telefòn 24/7 nou an 988. Nou gen volontè ki pare pou koute ou. Lè yo reponn apèl ou an, tanpri endike ke ou vle pale avèk yon volontè nan lang prefere ou.


為了盡力給我們的社區提供最好的服務,我們現已開通 240 多種不同語言的全天候幫助熱線,包括廣東話,同時配備電話口譯人員服務!如果您感到沮喪、孤單、想輕生或只是想話,請撥打我們的全天候幫助熱線 988。我們的志工隨時準備好傾聽您的心聲。電話接通時,請指出您想用您的首選語言與志工交談。


努力社区提供最好的服,我们现已开通超 240 种不同言的全天候帮助热线,包括普通,同备电话译员!如果您感到沮、孤独、有自杀倾向或只是想找人聊聊,的全天候帮助热线988。我的志愿者已准好听您倾诉电话接通后,请说明您想用您的首选语言和志愿者交流。

A linha de suporte 24/7 agora está disponível em português!

Visando atender nossa comunidade da melhor maneira possível, nossa linha de suporte 24/7 agora está disponível em mais de 240 idiomas diferentes, incluindo português, com a ajuda de um serviço de intérpretes remotos. Se você estiver se sentindo deprimido, sozinho, com pensamentos suicidas ou se simplesmente quiser conversar, ligue para nossa linha de suporte 24/7 no número 988. Temos voluntários à sua disposição. Quando sua chamada for atendida, informe em qual idioma você gostaria de falar com o voluntário.

Đường Dây Trợ Giúp 24/7 hiện nay đã có bằng tiếng Việt!

Trong nỗ lực phục vụ cộng đồng chúng ta một cách hiệu quả nhất, Đường Dây Trợ Giúp 24/7 của chúng tôi hiện nay đã có bằng hơn 240 ngôn ngữ khác nhau, bao gồm tiếng Việt, với sự hỗ trợ của dịch vụ thông dịch qua từ xa! Nếu quý vị cảm thấy trầm cảm, cô đơn, có ý định tự sát, hoặc chỉ cần nói chuyện, hãy gọi cho Đường Dây Trợ Giúp 24/7 988. Chúng tôi có các tình nguyện viên sẵn sàng lắng nghe quý vị. Khi có người trả lời cuộc gọi của quý vị, vui lòng cho biết rằng quý vị muốn nói chuyện với một tình nguyện viên bằng ngôn ngữ quý vị ưa dùng.

The back of a man's head while he is talking on his cellphone.

“You helped me years ago. I didn’t want to die, but I didn’t want to face my problems. Suicide seemed like the only way. I called you… the magic words were ‘I care.’ You people gave me a chance.”


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Need to help someone who is struggling?

Many people are afraid to talk about suicide, but it is often a great relief to someone thinking about suicide to know that you have noticed their pain. If you worry that someone you know may be suicidal, we have a few suggestions about to help support them.

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