Suicide Prevention Resources

These suicide prevention resources are free, confidential and available 24/7 to anyone in the United States. If you or someone you know is in a crisis or feeling suicidal, the resources below are designed to help you feel supported and safe. Here are some things to note before contracting these resources:

  • All resources below are confidential. Confidentiality means that the operators will not know your information unless you share it with them (including your name, phone number or location).

    • In most cases, they will not share any information you have disclosed unless it is absolutely necessary for your safety.

    • Each of the resources below defines confidentiality differently so please review these descriptions for more information.

  • The resources are staffed by trained volunteers who have undergone extensive crisis training, but are not medical professionals.

  • They can provide support, but not offer medical advice.

  • Please note that these resources are currently only available in English, unless otherwise noted.

Please email us at eachaggiematters@ucdavis.edu if you would like to request Suicide Prevention Resource Cards for your organization or if you would like to suggest an additional resource for this page.
Crisis Text Line
  • What is the Crisis Text Line?

    • Crisis Text Line is a free texting service that allows users to text a crisis counselor anytime, about any type of crisis. The goal of any conversation is to get you to a calm and safe space. They may refer you to additional resources for support or may just be there to listen to you. Conversations generally last anywhere between 15-45 minutes. Text lines may be especially helpful for folks who are deaf or hard of hearing.

  • How can I contact Crisis Text Line?

    • Text “RELATE” to 741-741.

  • What happens when you text the number?

    • After you text the number, the first two responses will be automated, informing you that you’re being connected with a Crisis Counselor and asking you to share some information about what you’re experiencing. On average, it takes less than 5 minutes to connect with a Crisis Counselor. The Crisis Counselor will then introduce themselves, reflect on what you’ve said and invite you to share at your own pace. You will then text back and forth with the Crisis Counselor, who will help you sort through what you’re experiencing.

  • Who is on the other end of the phone?

    • A Crisis Counselor is a trained volunteer (not a professional) who can provide support, but not medical advice. These trained volunteers are supervised by staff who have Master’s degrees in relevant fields and experience in crisis intervention.

  • What other services are available?

    • Crisis Counselors may refer you to other crisis resources or support. Here is a full list of their referrals and the criteria Crisis Text Line uses to partner with these resources. Folks are encouraged to explore this list at their own pace. This is a comprehensive list of resources that may be useful and help you find the support that works best for you.

  • Is this resource confidential?

    • Yes. Crisis Counselors only know what you share with them and the information will stay between you both, unless sharing it with emergency services is absolutely necessary for your safety.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • What is the Suicide Prevention Lifeline?

    • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provide free, confidential, 24/7 emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

  • How can I contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline?

    • Call 1-800-273-8255

    • For Spanish-speakers, call 1-888-628-9454  

  • What happens when you call the number?

    • First, you’ll hear a message letting you know you’ve reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Once you’re connected to a crisis worker, they will listen to you, understand what you’re currently experiencing, provide support and share resources that may be helpful. You will be asked questions regarding your safety, feelings, social situation and if you have any thoughts of suicide.

  • Who is on the other end of the phone?

    • A skilled, trained crisis worker who works at the Lifeline network crisis center closest to you will answer the phone. These are trained volunteers who have undergone extensive crisis training, but are not medical professionals. They can provide support, but not offer medical advice.

  • What other services are available?

    • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers specific resources and support for different communities, including LGBTQ+, Native Americans, Spanish-speakers, veterans, deaf/hard of hearing and many more. Check out this page and click “Find Specific Resources for You” for more information.

  • Is this resource confidential?

    • Yes, this resource is confidential. The crisis worker will only know the information that you share with them over the phone. They will not share any information you have disclosed, unless sharing it with emergency services is absolutely necessary for your safety.

Trans Lifeline
  • What is the Trans Lifeline?

    • The Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to critical needs in the community. The Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Whether you are in a crisis, need someone to talk to or are questioning your identity, Trans Lifeline will do their best to support you and provide you with resources.

  • How can I contact the Trans Lifeline?

    • Call 1-877-565-8860.

  • What happens when you call the number?

    • You will speak with a volunteer who is trans-identified. Trans Lifeline respects all gender identities, ages, nationalities, race/ethnicities, religions, orientations, socioeconomic statuses, immigration statuses, mental or physical abilities and body types. They will not judge you for your experiences, history, or background.

  • Who is on the other end of the phone?

    • You will be speaking with a volunteer who is trans-identified. The Hotline is staffed exclusively by trans operators. These operators are trained volunteers who can provide support, but not medical advice.

  • What other services are available?

    • The Trans Lifeline offers Microgrants for individuals who need funds to change their legal name and update their government identification documents (e.g. driver’s licence, passport, immigration documents, etc.). The application to apply for these Microgrants goes live at the beginning of each month. Anyone who does not identify as cisgender is encouraged to apply.

    • The Advocacy Library is a database holding all national information surrounding ID changes. The living library contains multiple tables, holding information ranging from Federal down to specific county information per state about name changes and gender marker changes on IDs.

  • Is this resource confidential?

    • All calls are anonymous and confidential. The operator will only know what you tell them. Trans Lifeline has a strict policy against non-consensual active rescue, meaning that they will not contact emergency services unless they receive your explicit consent to do so.

The Trevor Project
  • What is the Trevor Project?

    • The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ folks under 25. If you are in crisis, feeling suicidal or in need of a safe and judgement-free place to talk, call the Trevor Project.

  • How can I contact The Trevor Project?

    • Call the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386.

  • What happens when you call the number?

    • Call the Trevor Lifeline for immediate help. A trained Trevor Project volunteer will listen to you and talk you through whatever you are experiencing in a safe and non-judgemental space.

  • Who is on the other end of the phone?

    • A trained volunteer will answer your call. These individuals have undergone 40 hours of training and are trained to work with LGBTQ+ folks. They are not professional counselors.

  • What other services are available?

    • The Trevor Project also offers text and online chat options if you would prefer to communicate with a trained Trevor Project counselor via message. Both options are also available 24/7.

      • Text “START” to 678-678.

      • Start TrevorChat to begin online instant messaging (please note this option works best when accessed from a computer).

    • The Trevor Project offers many resources and services for LGBTQ+ individuals, including programs, education and resources. The Trevor Support Center offers answers to frequently asked questions and resources for specific topics, such as coming out, homelessness, mental health and gender identity (among many more).

    • TrevorSpace is an online international peer-to-peer community for LGBTQ+ young people and their friends.

  • Is this resource confidential?

    • Yes, this resource is confidential. The volunteer will only know what you share with them. They will not share any information you have disclosed, unless sharing it with emergency services is absolutely necessary for your safety.