Suicide Prevention

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Talk To Someone Now

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support,
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Crisis Textline is available 24/7 across the United States.
They are available for everyone, free, and confidential.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
(800) 273-8255

Crisis Textline:
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 die
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated, or reckless
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying 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.


    Get Involved

    There are many suicide prevention organizations that need support and volunteers. Here are just a few that could benefit from your assistance.