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Everybody has a role to play in preventing suicide, and the Lifeline has lots of ways you can take part. With your help, we can spread awareness about suicide prevention and mental health, and save lives.


The network of local crisis centers that make up the Lifeline relies on dedicated and trained volunteers to help provide needed support for people in crisis.

Contact your local crisis center to find volunteer opportunities in your community.

Volunteer with your local crisis center!

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Have the Conversation

Be the one to save a life. Use the #BeThe1To 5 action steps to help someone in your life that might be in crisis, or share the steps with others. These steps have been proven to help others find hope and support.



Research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks after them in a caring way. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce suicidal ideation.

Keep Them Safe

Keep Them Safe

A number of studies have indicated that when lethal means are made less available or less deadly, suicide rates by that method decline, and frequently suicide rates overall decline.

Be There

Be There

Individuals are more likely to feel less depressed, less suicidal, less overwhelmed, and more hopeful by after speaking to someone who listens without judgment.

Help Them Connect

Help Them Connect

Studies indicate that helping someone at risk create a network of resources and individuals for support and safety can help them take positive action and reduce feelings of hopelessness.

Follow Up

Follow Up

Studies have also shown that brief, low cost intervention and supportive, ongoing contact may be an important part of suicide prevention, especially for individuals after they have been discharged from hospitals or care services.

Learn More

Learn More

Get stories, resources, research, and events at the #BeThe1To website.


The Lifeline is made up of a national network of local crisis centers, which answer all calls to the Lifeline as well as calls from their local communities. Contact your local crisis center to find out how you can donate to help support them.

You can also choose to donate to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline program directly. Your online gift to the Lifeline will support our suicide prevention services.

Record a Video Support Message

Shoot a short (15-30 second) video of yourself saying the message below (or add your own personal twist!) to share on social media.

“Hey friends! Today, I’m making this promise: I will always listen to anything you need to say, no matter what. The Lifeline is there for you and so am I.”

Use the hashtags #suicideispreventable #800273TALK #LETITOUT, and help people feel connected while they’re going through tough times.

If you upload a positive, helpful video showing support, we might share it on social media!

Get in touch

Call the Lifeline

Download Logos and Ribbons

Share the Lifeline logo and prevention ribbons to raise awareness for suicide prevention.

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Order Brochures and Materials

Order Lifeline-branded brochures, wallet cards, and more to share.

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Read Stories Of Hope & Recovery

Get stories from people who have been through a crisis and found hope.

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