Crisis Resources and Hotlines
Are you or someone you know in crisis?
If you or someone you know is an immediate suicidal crisis or emergency, call 911.
People in the midst of a crisis often perceive their dilemma as inescapable and feel loss of control. These are some of the feelings they experience:
- Can't stop the pain.
- Can't think clearly.
- Can't make decisions.
- Can't seem to function.
- Can't see any way out.
- Can't seem to get control.
A crisis can come in many forms. It might be an obvious crisis situation like experiencing a trauma or losing a job, or it may be more subtle but nonetheless distressing.
Here are some ways you can spot a psychological crisis:
- Abrupt change in behavior and/or mood.
- Neglect of personal hygiene.
- Weight gain or loss.
- Decline in performance at work or school.
- Dramatic change in sleeping and eating patterns.
- Withdrawal from routine activities and relationships or isolation.
- Alcohol or substance abuse.
- Self-injury or suicidal thoughts.
Not sure if you or a friend are at risk of suicide? Take the U LifeLine Self-Evaluator (you can take it for yourself or a friend).
Suicide Warning Signs
If you're concerned that a friend might be at risk for suicide, you've probably noticed some changes in them recently that make you feel uncomfortable. Maybe you can't put your finger on it, but "something" is different. It's okay to ask someone about depression and suicide. Asking them won't give them the idea or push them into doing it.
Answer the questions below to determine if someone you care about is at risk for suicide:
Have you heard?
- I can't stand the pressure anymore.
- Life isn't worth anything.
- I won't be around to deal with that.
- If he/she breaks up with me, I can't/won't go on.
- There is nothing I can do to make it better.
- Next time, I'll...
- My family would be better off without me.
- I feel there is no way out.
Have you observed?
- Loss of an important relationship.
- Abuse of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Impulsivity - "acts without thinking."
- Loss of interesr or pleasure in usual activities.
- Withdrawal from family or friends.
- Feelins of worthlessness or guilt.
- Feelings of hopelessness or desperation.
- Giving away prized possessions.
- Change in hygiene, dress, activities, etc.
- Thoughts of death, suicide, or wishes to be dead.
- Signs of planning a suicide.
If you answered 'yes' to any of the above, your loved one could be at risk. It's important to take all warnings seriously.
The bottom line is this: If you're worried about yourself or a friend, do not hesitate to seek help.
Learn more about the myths and facts about suicide and suicide prevention with this Suicide Prevention Guide by bestcolleges.com.
How to talk to someone who may be at risk for suicide:
- Take it seriously.
- Be willing to listen.
- Voice your concern.
- Let your friend know you care and understand.
- Ask if they have a plan and how far they have gone in carrying it out.
- Get professional help immediately. Check out the resources below.
- Be sworn to secrecy.
- Act shocked or surprised at what the person says.
- Challenge or dare.
- Assume the situation will take care of itself.
- Argue or debate moral issues.
All references to suicide must be taken seriously. And remember, drug and alcohol abuse can contribute to increased risk.
Whether you are in crisis yourself or are concerned about a friend, you are not alone. There are so many ways you can get help:
- Talk to a health professional.
- Go to or call a hospital emergency room.
- Contact a family member or trusted adult.
- Talk to someone in your faith community.
- Call the suicide hotline (1-800-SUICIDE) or 911.
Where to go, who to call if you're in crisis:
Located in Tucson? Call the Community-Wide Crisis Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 520-622-6000.
Are you a University of Arizona student? If it is not an emergency and you are a UA student, call or walk-in to Counseling and Psych Services at 520-621-3334 Monday - Friday. Walk-in triage is available between 9 am and 4 pm Monday - Friday at CAPS Main and CAPS North.
Are you a University of Arizona student and it's after hours? Call CAPS at 520-621-3334 and press 1 to speak with an after-hours mental health provider.
Are you a concerned parent or family member? Concerned parents and families can find out more about helping their student succeed personally and academically through our Parents Matter website. Get started with these frequently asked questions.
Are you a concerned UA faculty/staff member? CAPS also has a Call and Consult program to assist UA staff and faculty when student problems come to their attention. Call and Consult can be reached at 520-621-3334.
Are you a concerned friend? Concerned friends can find out more about helping a friend who might be experiencing problems through our Friend 2 Friend website.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provides crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from a secure online platform. Find out more about how it works at crisistextline.org.
- The Trevor Lifeline is a 24/7 suicide hotline: 866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)
- TrevorChat: Online instant messaging available 7 days a week, 3 pm - 10 pm ET (12 pm -- 7 pm PT)
- TrevorText: Confidential and secure resource that provides live help for LGBTQ youth with a trained specialist, over text messages. Text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200 (available 7 days a week, 3 pm - 10 pm ET, 12 pm -- 7 pm PT)
Veterans’ Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
SAMHSA Treatment Referral Hotline (Substance Abuse): 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)
Loveisrespect (National Dating Abuse Helpline): Call 1-866-331-9474 (TTY: 1-866-331-8453). Text LOVEIS to 22522 - you'll receive a response from a peer advocate prompting you for your question. Go ahead and text your comment or question and we will reply.
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Project Lifeline: Suicide Prevention at the University of Arizona
In 2008, the UA Campus Health Service received a three-year federal grant through SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) to reduce the incidence of suicide. While the grant ended in 2011, many of the programs implemented are still in place and available to students and staff. This effort, called Project Lifeline, offers training to give the UA community skills to act, working with classes to include suicide prevention messages, and creating media to reduce stigma around seeking help. If you’d like to learn more about Project Lifeline call (520) 621-5700.