Suicide/Crisis Prevention


There are a number of suicide prevention hotlines out there, but most seem get answered by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-talk (8255)
(Also the number for the Veterans Crisis Line and takes calls for other hotlines)
Automated beginning to route you to the nearest counselor.  It took 2 minutes to get to a counselor 

The Trevor Project (LGBT focus):  1-866- 488 -7386
Answered by a person immediately.

Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741.  This is a text hotline.  Automated beginning that will ask for a little information, then connected to a counselor for texting.


These websites have a great deal of information and guidance and it is laid out very clearly.  There is a lot of overlap, but each has its own focus, so look at several. Links may go bad over time, so please let me know if you find a bad link.
Excellent site with lots of clear information, guidance and resources

Suicide Prevention

If You Are Feeling Suicidal

This links directly to a very personal “letter” to a suicidal person.  The style and guidance are excellent.  Some of the resources noted may be out of date.

The Jason Foundation
Lots of information laid out clearly

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Another big site with a lot of information

Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Big site with lots of information.  Looks at the scope of the problem and different populations (men, women, teens, by race, LGBT, etc.)


The videos take a more personal look at suicide, often with the voices of teens.

Mayo Clinic
In this video created by Mayo Clinic, teens describe common signs that a teen is considering suicide and provide encouragement for communicating directly and immediately for support and safety. It also Includes suggestions for what to say to a teen who may be at risk for suicide and ways to keep them safe.”

Teens doing the talking.  4 minutes

Jordan Burnham suicide attempt at 16
Powerful story told by Jordan Burnham.  11 minutes

The Truth About Suicide on College Campuses
College students talking about their experience.  Lots of insights.  12.5 minutes

Breckenridge High School Students
This is the full-length version of the Breckenridge High School video that won the Minnesota State Suicide Prevention Student Video competition.  Powerful soundtrack and good story of suicidal girl and her friends.  5.5 minutes

Sadie Penn TED-X talk – her suicide attempt
Sadie Penn is a suicide survivor and is now an advocate of suicide prevention. She feels it’s time to talk about the struggle and get it out in the open.  Direct messages for teens feeling suicidal and those that might help.  12 minutes

American Association of Suicidology
List of videos for purchase related to suicide