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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: DIAL (call) 988

(This is a NEW RESOURCE TO USE  instead of calling 911)

Self-Injury Hotline: 1-800-DONTCUT (1-800-366-8288)

National Helpline: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

LGBTQ+ Youth Suicide Hotline: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR

Relay Service for the Deaf: 1-800-735-2258

For a suicide helpline outside the U.S., visit Befrienders Worldwide.

crisis hotlines

For Self Help and Support Groups


National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI): 1-800-950-NAMI. NAMI is dedicated to improving the lives of millions of Americans affected by mental illness.​

National Mental Health Association: 1-800-969-NMHA. Learn more about mental illness. This section covers mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, PTSD, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, ADHD, OCD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, suicide, addiction and others.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: 1-800-82-NDMDA. DBSA provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.

​Parent Stress Line: 1 (800) 632 8188. Parents or guardians with problems relating to their children do not hesitate to call us. Trained volunteer counselors offer a way to relieve stress in an environment which is non-judgmental along with being sympathetic.

Recommended Reading

Skin Game-A Cutter's Memoir by Caroline Kettelwell 

Bodies Under Siege by Dr. Armando Favazza, MD

The Plight of Chronic Self-Mutilators by Dr. Armando Favazza, MD and Karen Conteri

CUT-by Patricia McCormick 

A Bright Red Scream by Marilee Strong

Women Who Hurt Themselves, A Book of Hope and Understanding by Dusty Miller

The Scarred Soul: Understanding and Ending Self-Inflicted Violence by Tracy Alderman, PhD

Cutting The Pain Away by Ann Holmes and Carol Nadelson

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, (DBT) by Dr. Marsha Linehan PhD

Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen 

resources for youth and parents

crisis hotlines

Active Minds
To Write Love on Her Arms
American Association of Suicidology
America Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Speak: Suicide Prevention Education Awareness for Kids
The Menninger Clinic

Adolescent Depression and Suicide Support,

One Conversation at a time.

Food-4-Thought seeks to raise awareness about Teen Suicide through the age-old practice of conversing over a meal.  Through the use of recipes, the gathering of family and friends over a meal, or the sharing in food preparation around a kitchen, where stories are shared, we hope to make a difference in the world.

Active Minds is the only organization working to utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses.

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.  TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also invest directly into treatment and recovery.

SPEAK promotes the prevention of youth suicide and works to dispel the social stigma surrounding suicide and depression through a campaign of education and awareness at the community level.

Leading national non-profit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those impacted by suicide.

AAS is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education, and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services.

The Suicide Prevention Action Network is a 501 organization that was founded in 1996 by Gerald and Elsie Weyrauch, whose 34-year-old daughter, Terri, died by suicide. SPAN USA is "dedicated to preventing suicide through public education and awareness, community action and federal, state and local grassroots advocacy. Wikipedia*

The Menninger Clinic, in Houston Texas, is a freestanding 501(c)(3) nonprofit hospital governed by The Menninger Clinic Board of Directors. Day-to-day management is the responsibility of our executive team, while our clinical leaders have responsibility for ensuring high-quality patient care. 

WHERE TO GO FOR TREATMENT - 1 (855) 577- 8772

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