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Helping yourself

If you are in immediate need of assistance dealing with suicidal thoughts, there are several resources available to you, no matter when and where you are struggling the most.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 or online using its live-chat.

There is also a national crisis text line that can be reached by texting the letters "IN" to 741-741.

In addition, many communities in Indiana have dedicated local hotlines that can connect you with someone who is trained and ready to talk about your feelings.

Indiana suicide hotlines

Anderson, Indiana

Carmel, Indiana

Elkhart County, Indiana

  • Elkhart information and services
    • Crisis hotline crisis intervention, suicide prevention, information, and referral 24/7
    • 1-574-293-8671
    • TTY 1-574-293-4944

Evansville, Indiana

  • Southwestern Indiana Mental Health Center

Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Gallahue Mental Health Services serving Hancock, Marion and Shelby Counties
  • Families First
    • Crisis and suicide hotline suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information and referral 24/7
    • 1-317-251-7575
    • Teen Link — a confidential peer support and crisis line for youth ages 11 to 19 Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • 1-317-255-8336
  • Midtown Community Mental Health Center serving Marion County

Lafayette, Indiana

Lawrenceburg, Indiana

  • Community Mental Health Center serving Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley, Switzerland, and St. Leon Counties

Madison County, Indiana

South Bend, Indiana

Terre Haute, Indiana

  • Vigo County Lifeline serving Terre Haute and Vigo County

Less urgent self-care steps you should take include finding a mental health professional or support group if you find your feelings to be overwhelming or think talking to someone would help you. Develope and utilize a support network both in person and online and making a safety plan. Such a plan would help you recognize your personal warning signs, identify successful coping strategies, include contacts of helpful friends and family members, as well as professionals, in times of crisis. This is a great step to ensure that your environment is safe as possible.

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