If you or someone you know is thinking of harming themselves, the following hotlines can offer you immediate assistance at any time:
- Lancaster Crisis Intervention: (717) 394-2631
Lancaster Crisis Intervention provides 24-hour service to persons experiencing frightening desperation, loss of control or suicidal thoughts, including phone hotline, walk-in and outreach. Crisis Intervention also processes involuntary commitment to mental health unit.
- CONTACT Helpline: (717) 299-4855 and CONTACT TeenLine: (717) 394-2000
CONTACT Helpline provides a caring presence to the residents of Lancaster County through the operation of an extensive Help Center. Experienced, well-trained volunteers respond to callers non-judgmentally and non-persuasively. All calls are confidential, anonymous and free of charge.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Some risk factors for suicide include:
- Family history of suicide
- History of mental disorders, particularly clinical depression.
- History of alcohol and substance abuse
- Feelings of hopelessness, impulsive or aggressive tendencies
- Isolation, a feeling of being cut off from the world
- Barriers from accessing mental health treatment
- Loss (relational, social, work, or finance)
- Physical illness
- Unwillingness to seek help because of stigma attached to mental health and substance abuse disorders, or to suicidal thoughts
Early Warning Signs:
- Talking about wanting to kill oneself
- Looking for a way to kill oneself such as searching 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 use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Displaying extreme mood swings
- Preoccupation with death
- Suddenly happier, calmer
- Loss of interest in things once cared about
- Giving things away such as prized possessions
Taking these warning signs seriously is the first step to saving someone’s life.
Visit www.StopSuicideLancaster.org for more information.