We are modestly staffed, and this is a thoroughly volunteer effort. We’re not monitoring this site constantly, and we’re not counselors. If you need help, can’t reach out to someone you know and don’t have anyone else you can speak with immediately, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It is available around the clock. Chat services, Spanish-language services and services for the deaf are available.
A separate organization, Samaritans USA, also has several crisis lines in the Northeast, and those numbers can be found here.
Here’s a global collection of similar resources, the International Suicide Prevention Wiki. And the Online Suicide Support Wiki has pulled together dozens of resources for people who are more comfortable reaching out for help without picking up the phone.
The Live Through This portrait project has done more than anyone to put real faces and voices to this issue. Beautiful proof that this can happen to anyone.
And here’s a good read for after an attempt, by someone who’s been there.