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.