Depression and suicide affect people of all ages and populations. American Indian/Alaska Native populations experience a higher rate of suicide than any other group in the U.S. If you are experiencing a crisis, there are options available to help.
Confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Text the or text the Crisis Text Line (text NATIVE to 741741 from anywhere in the U.S., and a trained Crisis Counselor will respond quickly).
The Trevor Project offers crisis services that create a safe, accepting, and inclusive environment for youth who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning (LGBTQ), by phone at 1-866-488-7386, and through text (text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200, available on Thursdays and Fridays between 4 to 8 PM Eastern, and 1 to 5 PM Pacific).
Friends and Family
- If someone you know is struggling emotionally or is in crisis, you can make a difference by getting them the help and support they may need. Watch for these suicide warning signs:
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, like researching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated, or behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Extreme mood swings
Do's when helping:
- DO talk openly about suicide
- DO be willing to listen
- DO allow expressions of feeling
- DO get involved, be available, and show interest and support
- DO remove means, such as weapons, rope, or pills
Don'ts when helping:
- Do NOT dare him or her to do something harmful
- Do NOT act shocked, judge, or "one-up" (example: "You’re having a bad day? You should hear about my day!"), as this encourages disconnection
- Do NOT be sworn to secrecy; do seek support
- Do NOT offer glib reassurance
Suicide is a scary topic, but help and education are available.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) provides suggestions on how to find treatment for mental health and substance use problems.
The AFSP also provides facilitator training for support groups, which offers a powerful way for those who have lost a loved one to suicide to connect with others.