If you’re in crisis, there are options available to help you cope. You can also call the Lifeline at any time to speak to someone and get support. For confidential support available 24/7 for everyone in the United States, call 988.
How Can You Help Yourself?
Healing, hope and help can happen. Here are some ways to help you get through a crisis.
Find A Therapist/Support Group
Speaking to someone, whether by going to a therapist or by attending a support group, can help you feel better and improve your mental health. These resources can help you find a psychologist, psychiatrist, or support group near you.
Build A Support Network
You don't have to deal with crisis on your own. Those you choose to confide in can provide encouragement and help you through a crisis.
You are part of a larger whole, and you matter. You may feel less isolated when you’re connected more to others. Consider joining an interest group, volunteering, taking a class, or starting a new hobby.
Your Social Networks
Social media is a place to share how you’re feeling and hear the stories of others who have felt the same. Connecting to people through technology may help you remember that you are not alone, and you may find others with similar interests.
Whether your community is at work, school, church, or a club or a team, having a group of people who encourage help-seeking and support is one of the most important aspects of suicide prevention.
Your Circle Of Trust
Relationships with friends, family, and significant others built on trust and companionship are a protective factor against suicidal thoughts and behaviors. It’s important to find the people in your life that you can always confide in, feel comfortable around, and can contact at any time. Surround yourself with positive people who motivate you to be your best.
Use Your Support Network
Leaning on your support network can help you cope during difficult moments and is an important step in getting help and moving forward.
During difficult situations, it’s natural to shut down, but keeping your emotions bottled up makes it harder for your support network to help you. Reach out to people you trust who have the ability to be sympathetic and non-judgmental.
Keep an Open Mind
Keep in mind that the advice and support of others come from a good place. We may not necessarily agree with advice we’re given, but staying open-minded and receptive to outside perspectives and opinions can help strengthen your support network.
The people in your support network will stick with you through thick and thin, but it’s also important to remember that friendships and relationships are a two-way street. Express your appreciation for the love and support that these special people bring into your life.
Make A Safety Plan
A safety plan is designed to guide you through a crisis. As you continue through the steps, you can get help and feel safer. Keep your plan easily accessible in case you have thoughts of hurting yourself.
- Recognize your personal warning signs: What thoughts, images, moods, situations, and behaviors indicate to you that a crisis may be developing? Write these down in your own words.
- Use your own coping strategies: List things that you can do on your own to help you not act on urges to harm yourself.
- Socialize with others who may offer support as well as distraction from the crisis: List people and social settings that may help take your mind off of difficult thoughts or feelings.
- Contact family members or friends who may help to resolve a crisis: Make a list of people who are supportive and who you feel you can talk to when under stress.
- Contact mental health professionals or agencies: Make a list of names, numbers and/or locations of clinicians, local emergency rooms, and crisis hotlines. Put the Lifeline number, 1-800-273-8255, into your phone.
- Ensure your environment is safe: Have you thought of ways in which you might harm yourself? Work with a counselor to develop a plan to limit your access to these means.
Get More Info
The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers additional resources for multiple audiences.
Find Specific Resources For You
The Lifeline is available for everyone. We also offer additional resources if you need them.
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Self-Care During the Holidays
The holiday season can be a difficult and stressful time for many. That's why it's so important to stop and listen to your own needs, too. Here are some self-care ideas for December and beyond. #SeasonOfSelfCare
- Take a walk outside
- Write a love letter to yourself
- Write about something you are grateful for in your life (it can be a person, place, or thing)
- Create a happy playlist and a coping playlist
- Treat yourself to a favorite snack
- Watch your favorite movie
- Forgive someone
- Forgive yourself
- Say thank you to someone who has helped you recently
- Create a DIY self-care kit of things that make you feel better
- Take your medication on time
- Take a new fitness class at the gym (yoga, Zumba, etc.)
- Plan a lunch date with someone you haven’t seen in a while
- Pamper yourself with an at-home spa day
- Take a day off from social media and the Internet
- Reach out to your support system
- Cuddle with your pets or a friend’s pet
- Take the time to stop, stand and stretch for 2 minutes
- Wake up a little earlier and enjoy your a morning cup of tea or coffee before the morning rush
- Take a hot shower or bath
- Take yourself out to dinner
- Start that one project you’ve been contemplating for a while
- Sit with your emotions, and allow yourself to feel and accept them. It’s okay to laugh, cry, just feel whatever you’re feeling with no apologies!
- Cook a favorite meal from scratch
- Take a 5-minute break in your day
- Compliment someone (and yourself, too!)
- Give yourself permission to say no
- De-clutter your mind: write down 5 things that are bothering you, and then literally throw them away
- Donate 3 pieces of clothing that you no longer wear
- Take the time to find 5 beautiful things during your daily routine
- Take a mental health day from school, work, etc.
- Take a nap
- Reach out to the Lifeline
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