Suicide prevention: Where to get help

STATEWIDE (WIS) - Here is a list of resources if you or a friend or family member is in a suicidal crisis:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline  1-800-273-TALK (8255)

    Why should I call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)?

    The Lifeline Network answers thousands of calls from people in emotional distress. There are many reasons for their calls. Please call for any of the following reasons:
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Information on suicide
  • Information on mental health/illness
  • Substance abuse/addiction
  • To help a friend or loved one
  • Relationship problems
  • Abuse/violence
  • Economic problems
  • Sexual orientation issues
  • Physical illness
  • Loneliness
  • Family problems

Who should call?

  • Anyone who feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal.
  • Family and friends who are concerned about a loved one.
  • Anyone interested in mental health treatment and service referrals.

Who and where am I calling?

  • When you dial 1-800-273-TALK, you are calling the crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. To find out what center is closest to you search the Crisis Center Locator.
  • Lifeline's service is free and confidential.
  • The hotline is staffed by trained counselors.
  • We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • We have information about mental health services in your area that can help you.

What will happen when I call?

  • You will hear a message saying you have reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
  • You will hear hold music while your call is being routed.
  • You will be helped by a trained crisis worker.
  • You will be given mental health services referrals if needed.

How can I call?

  • Dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
  • If you are a TTY user, please use our TTY number: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889).
  • Para obtener asistencia en español durante las 24 horas, llame al 1-888-628-9454.


  • Tuesday, September 28 event:

SC Suicide Prevention Coalition
Dorn VA Medical Center Lobby
6439 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia
Speakers and hands-on activities including "Message of Hope" bottles and "Operation Thank You" postcards
The new U.S. Army suicide prevention video "Shoulder to Shoulder: I Will Never Quit on Life" will be shown
779-5363 (Mental Health America of South Carolina)

  • Sunday, October 17 event:

Out of the Darkness Community Walk (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) Riverfront Park, Columbia
Registration at 1pm
Walk at 2pm
Closing ceremony at 3:30pm