Overdose emergency? Call 911
If you or someone you know ingested poison or taken an overdose of medications or illicit drugs and need help now:
- Tell them what was ingested and approximately how much. Let them know where you or the person in danger are.
Call Poison Control Hotline 1-800-222-1222
- While emergency services are on the way, and follow their directions carefully.
I'm thinking of suicide
If you or someone you know are having thoughts of suicide, you may feel like you are struggling alone. You may have very little energy to reach out for help. You may feel a tremendous amount of pain, anger, sadness, or feel paralyzed by your fears. Please know there are many different ways to reach out for resources that will be most helpful for your circumstances.
You have options:
Call 911 & ask for CIT Officer
- If you are not in an immediate medical emergency, don’t stay alone and isolated.
Contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
- Dial or text 988
- Note: 988 calls route to the call center linked with the caller's area code, not physical location.
Call your Regional Crisis Call Center
- Region 1: 434-230-9704
- Region 2: 703-527-4077
- Region 3: 800-500-7019
- Region 4: 804-223-5241
- Region 5: 757-656-7755
What number should I call and when?
- 911: If there is a medical emergency, need law enforcement to respond immediately, or a fire emergency.
- Regional Crisis Call Center or 988: If someone is experiencing suicidal thoughts, needs someone to talk to advice on how to help a loved one, or needs referrals to mental health and other community resources.
- CSB Emergency Services: If the community member is experiencing an acute psychiatric emergency and needs an Emergency Services prescreening for hospitalization.
Community Services Board
- Call the emergency line at your area Community Services Board. View your nearest mental health services location on the map below.
For law enforcement officers and their loved ones
- Text the word 'Blue' for LE peer support to 741741
- SAFLEO.org is a National Suicide Prevention Awareness for LEO program and offers FREE resources and trainings.
- Copline is a free international hotline, available 24/7 to all LE and their families that can be reached at 1-800-267-5463
- Blue H.E.L.P honors fallen officers that have died by suicide and provides a space for community, training, and prevention resources.
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- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 and ask to talk to someone who can help with your needs. You can also call the Trevor Project Hotline at 1-866-488-7386 or text them at 678678
Trans Lifeline Hotline
- Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support phone service run by trans people for our trans and questioning peers. Call 1-877-565-8860 if you need someone trans to talk to, even if you’re not in crisis or if you’re not sure you’re trans.
SAGE National LGBTQ+ Elder Hotline
- Talk and be heard at the SAGE LGBTQ+ Elder Hotline. We connect LGBTQ+ older people who want to talk with friendly responders who are ready to listen. If you are an LGBTQ+ elder or care for one, call the free SAGE Hotline, toll-free, at 1-877-360-5428.
Service member, veteran, or military family member
- Call hotline 1-800-273-8255 then press 1
For Farmers and their Families
The AgriStress Helpline℠ is a crisis and resource line for farmers and their families – it is free, confidential, and available 24/7 by call or text at 833-897-2474. AgriSafe Network (a national nonprofit) launched the helpline for Virginia in 2022, thanks to USDA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) grant funding from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Research has found that the agriculture, fishing, and forestry industries have some of the highest rates of fatalities and injuries across all age groups, and some of the highest rates of death by suicide. Work and life in agricultural communities bring about unique stressors and situations, yet rural areas are severely lacking mental health services. We are grateful that this helpline has come about as one solution, and that we can share it with you.
We care deeply about the mental health and well-being of our farmers and their families. If you or someone you know is struggling, call or text 833-897-2474.
I survived an attempt; what now?
Ways to help yourself:
- Make an appointment with a general practitioner for a check up and tell them about your attempt.
- Schedule an appointment with a mental health care provider and tell them about your attempt.
- Identify who is willing and able to hold items that could be used as a suicide method off site to protect yourself until you feel better.
- Access SAMHSA’s free online resource, A Journey Toward Health and Hope
- Reach out to your other community helpers like trusted family or friends, a clergy or another spiritual leader, or an organization that can help with your specific needs such as a domestic violence prevention organization, relief services, substance abuse hotlines or services, grief counseling, social services, etc.
- Practice self-care and self-compassion. Fill your time with healthy comforts.
- Visit Live Through This for survivor stories of hope and help.
How do I help someone?
Ways to help others:
Call a mental health care provider in your area for an assessment. Check with your local Community Services Board (see map below) for walk-in hours and availability.
Schedule a visit with your physician and tell the doctor about your mental health concerns.
Visit websites that contain additional science-based information and best practices for information about your concerns, such as:
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
- JED Foundation (Young Adults)
- Mental Health America (MHA)
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
- Trevor Project (LGBTQ)