Learn the warning signs of someone struggling and start the conversation to prevent suicide:
Warning Signs of Suicide
- Severe behavior change: withdrawing, isolating or sudden improvement of mood.
- Historical factor: family history of suicide or previous attempt.
- Health condition: mental health or serious physical health issue.
- Environmental impact: stress, access to means or loss.
How to Have a Conversation
- Asking about suicide will not plant the idea in someone’s head.
- Ask directly… Are you thinking of killing yourself?
- Talk about suicide as you would about any other health condition.
- Listen and let the person know you care about them and want them to be safe.
Youth and Suicide
- By asking directly about suicide, you are giving them a chance to talk about their thoughts and feelings.
- Youth often do not reveal if a peer is thinking of suicide – tell them to find a trusted adult. There are some secrets one cannot keep.
- Maintain a connection and prioritize safety.
- Stay calm and do not leave the youth alone – find a supportive agency or adult who can help with resources.
Crisis services are available to any Arizona resident, regardless of health insurance coverage. If you or someone you know is experiencing a behavioral health crisis, please call one of these national or local crisis lines:
- COVID-19 Crisis Counseling
- Call 2-1-1 for free COVID-19 crisis counseling. www.ResilientArizona.org
- Llame al 2-1-1 para conectarse con un proveedor de consejería.
- National 24-Hour Crisis Hotlines
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- National Substance Use and Disorder Issues Referral and Treatment Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
- Text the word “HOME” to 741741
- Suicide and Crisis Hotlines by County
- Maricopa County served by Mercy Care: 1-800-631-1314 or 602-222-9444
- Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Yuma Counties served by Arizona Complete Health – Complete Care Plan: 1-866-495-6735
- Apache, Coconino, Gila, Mohave, Navajo and Yavapai Counties served by Health Choice Arizona: 1-877-756-4090
- Gila River and Ak-Chin Indian Communities: 1-800-259-3449
- Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community: 1-855-331-6432
- Especially for Kids & Teens
- Teen Lifeline phone or text: 602-248-TEEN (8336)
- The Trevor Project 1-866-488-7386 (Youth who identify as LGBTQ)
- One-n-ten https://onenten.org/
- Especially for Veterans
- Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (press 1)
- Be Connected: 1-866-4AZ-VETS (429-8387)
- Especially for Seniors
- 24-Hour Senior HELP LINE – 602-264-4357 (HELP)
- Peer-operated Warm Line
- The Peer Warm line is staffed by trained peers (members with lived experience overcoming mental illness) who provide a friendly voice, support and help to alleviate loneliness and isolation. 1-844-733-9912.
- Tribal Warm Line
- Need someone to talk to? Need help? Feeling down? Help is available. Confidential American Indian Support Service. 1-855-728-8630.
Listed below are both local and national agencies to help individuals and families in need of mental health resources:
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
Arizona Complete Health
Mental Health America of Arizona
Arizona Department of Child Safety
Arizona Department of Education
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention