It Only Takes One is not a hotline, community center or licensed mental health service provider. If this is an emergency or you are worried about someone that might be at risk of suicide, call 911.
There is no shame in asking for help. There are tools to respond, treat, and manage our mental health. No one needs to be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. Asking for help means you are strong.
If you are having suicidal thoughts and need immediate help, calling a lifeline or checking in to a hospital will alleviate symptoms and begin long term care.
Lifelines are telephone and text help lines offering 24-hour service. If you would like to talk to someone about how you are feeling, or want to learn about additional or local mental health care services, contact one of
1-800-273-8255(TALK) - Press 1 for Veterans Line
It is important to know that calling a lifeline is a short term action and not to be considered a long
Ask for an ambulance for a mental health crisis. If you are calling for a wellness check, or you are not sure if someone is actually in the process of harming themselves call anyway. Never hesitate to call, even if it turns out the individual was in fact not harming themselves. You are never doing something wrong if you are acting to save a life.
Calling for yourself
- Ask for an ambulance for a mental health crisis.
- Try to give clear directions to your location, stay on the phone with the operator.
- The national hotline can call medical services while you talk to them.
What Happens If I Call 911 for myself?
- When an ambulance comes, you will be taken to a hospital.
- If you are in physical danger, such as harm has been induced to your body or potential poisoning, you will be treated to ensure your body is physically safe.
- If that is not the case, or after you are physically stabilized arrangements would be made to speak/connect with a mental health clinician to assess the best course of immediate action, which can include staying under the facility's care to undergo extended evaluation and supervision.
Calling for someone else
- If you are calling for a wellness check, or you are not sure if someone is actually in the process of harming themselves call anyway.
- DO NOT hesitate to call, even if it turns out the individual was in fact not harming themselves.
- You are never doing something wrong when concerned about someone being in danger.
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