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If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of taking their life please call 800-237-8255 (the National Suicide Prevention Hotline) or call 911 immediately. The hotline is an anonymous phone line that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

211 Hotlines offer local community resources and help to people in distress as well.

To Lookup your local 211 Hotline number, go to or click here to do a search for 211 Community Resources. In Hillsborough County dial 211 or (813) 234-1234 from an 813 area code.

National Youth Hope Line: 1-800-442-4673

Providing counseling and referrals for:

  • Drug Treatment
  • Shelters
  • Counseling Services
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual Assault
  • Suicide
  • Child Abuse

This line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Chat and Texting Help:

You can chat on-line via KIK, E-mail, and even via Cell Phone Texting (530) 968-8423. This is not a Suicide Hotline and is only available between 10 A.M. - 5 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. These are trained counselors who dispense advice, not drugs, to help a person through the crisis they are experiencing. They assist all people ages 13 and above, including Veterans and the Elderly.

Warning Signs of Suicidal Thoughts:

  • Abrupt changes in personality
  • Giving away possessions
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Abusing drugs and/or alochol
  • Severe change in eating habits
  • Change in sleeping patterns
  • Unwillingness to communicate
  • Depression
  • Unusual sadness or feeling discouraged
  • Talking of wanting to die
  • Running away from home / truancy from school
  • Chronic pain
  • Rebelliousness, reckless behavior
  • Neglect of academic work and personal appearance
  • Family disruptions such as divorce or losing a loved one

Other things you should do if someone is suicidal:

  • Remove the means in which they may use to harm themselves
  • Get immediate help from a trusted adult, mental health provider or school counselor immediately
  • Talk to them... Say: ” Are you thinking about killing yourself”? If they say yes, get them help as soon as possible
  • Stay with them
  • Tell them that you care and that you are going to stay with them until they get help and stay with them until help arrives
  • Let them talk if they want to. Listen, really listen to what they say... take them seriously
  • Keep giving them support after they have gotten help. You can do this just by telling them you care and sending them texts of encouragement or giving them a hug. This is when they need to feel accepted, that someone cares and there is hope for them
  • Stick up for them if someone is rejecting or bullying them

Create a Safety Plan:

Creating a plan can remind someone of helpful things they can do when they are depressed or distressed. It can be created in a step by step process. The list of things to do can remind someone to take the steps they created when needed.

Encouraging the person to store the 800-273-8255 TALKLINE and their local 211 line in their contacts can be helpful as well.

Click HERE for a template of a Safety Plan