• 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)

 Physical illness

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.