Direct advice if you feel an overwhelming urge to kill yourself

— Shut it down —

Sleep (no overdosing). Can’t sleep? Cold shower or face in ice-water (30 seconds and repeat). This is a reset button. It slows everything way down.

— No Important Decisions —

Especially deciding to die. Do not panic. Ignore thoughts that you don’t care if you die. Stop alcohol and drugs.

— Look someone in the eye —

It can be anyone. Video chat. A convenience store clerk. Find someone.

Text or Instant Messaging (IM)



Australia and New Zealand

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Phone Hotline Directories

USA and Canada 

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Trans Lifeline 1-877-565-8860 (USA)  1-877-330-6366 (Canada)

Military Veterans 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and Press 1

Spanish Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and Press 2


International Association for Suicide Prevention – Resources: Crisis Centers