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Suicide Prevention Awareness

Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS)

Suicide Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741.

Free, anytime, anywhere in the U.S.

Get help by talking to a crisis counselor.

We want you to know that suicide is preventable and help is always available. The best way to prevent suicide is to get help as soon as you think you or your loved one is depressed.

Learn the warning signs. Getting help early can help save a life. And remember — with help comes hope.

Help prevent suicide

Know someone who's depressed? Acting strange? Withdrawn? Reach out! Listen. Be there to help a friend. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). There is help. You've got this!

Risk and contributing factors

Common risk factors include:

  • Bullying or lack of social acceptance.
  • Family history of suicide.
  • History of abuse or trauma.
  • Loneliness.
  • Mental and physical illness.
  • Money worries.
  • Relationship and family problems.
  • Substance use.

What to look for

Many people show common warning signs when they feel down or have suicidal thoughts, including:

  • Acting hopeless.
  • Bad temper.
  • Giving away favorite items.
  • Sudden change in:
    • Eating habits.
    • Normal behavior, like wanting to be alone more often.
    • Sleep pattern.
  • Talking about suicide.

If you see these signs, get professional help right away. The sooner you step in, the better chance there is for a full recovery.

With help comes hope

If you or a loved one feels sad, trapped, or alone, know that help is always available.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK)
Your call to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call is private and free. When you call, you will talk with the crisis center closest to you. You will be helped by a trained crisis worker. The worker will listen to your problems. They will also tell you about mental health services in your area.

Recovery Month spreads a positive message:

  • Behavioral health is vital to overall health.
  • Prevention and treatment work.
  • People can and do recover.

Recovery Month offers moving tales of successful recovery. It also offers tools to help you or a loved one seek mental help.

PerformCare Member Services numbers

  • Capital Area (Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Perry counties): 1-888-722-8646 (TTY 1-800-654-5984) or PA Relay 711.
  • NorthCentral Region (Franklin and Fulton counties): 1-866-773-7917.