- 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. This includes a phone hotline, walk-in and outreach. Crisis Intervention also processes involuntary commitment to a 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
A history of mental disorders, particularly clinical depression
A history of alcohol and substance abuse
Feelings of hopelessness, impulsiveness or aggressive tendencies
Isolation: A feeling of being cut off from the world
Perceived barriers from accessing mental health treatment
Loss (relational, social, work or finance)
An 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.