Confidential Suicide Hotlines

National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Dial 988

Local Crisis Centers:

Response Crisis Center: (631) 751-7500
Long Island Crisis Center: (516) 679-1111

Warning signs

Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these, seek help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or a local crisis hotline:

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Extreme mood swings

*** We thank the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline for this content

Online Resources

American Association of Suicidology
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Befrienders Worldwide
Center for Disease Control & Prevention
Indian Health Service
International Association for Suicide Prevention
JED Foundation
Mental Health America
National Institute of Mental Health
National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
NYS Office of Mental Health

Problem Gambling Resource Center

Response Crisis Center
Stop a Suicide Today
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
Suicide Prevention Action Network
Suicide Prevention Center of New York
Suicide Resources - Mental Health Information at Psych Central
Teen Suicide – Information
Training Institute for Suicide Assessment & Clinical Interviewing
Trevor Project – Information and Support for LGBT Youth
U Lifeline – College Mental Health Resources
US Dept of Veteran Affairs
World Health Organization
Youth Suicide Prevention – School Based Guide
Trans Lifeline –
Zero Suicide

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Reading Resources FOR SURVIVORS

Blue Genes- Christopher Lukas- 2008 (Random House)

Suicide Survivor’s Handbook- Expanded Edition- Carlson 2000 (Benline Press)

After Suicide: A Ray of Hope for Those Left Behind- Ross-2002 (Perseus Publishing)

Healing After the Suicide of a Loved One- Smolin & Guinan-1993 (Simon & Schuster)

My Son My Son: A Guide to Healing After Death, Loss or Suicide- Iris Bolton & Curtis Mitchell- 1995 (Bolton Press)

No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One- Carla Fine- 1996 (Doubleday)

The Empty Chair: The Journey of Grief After Suicide- Glover- 2000 (In Sight Books)

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Mood and Madness- Kay Redfield Jamison 1995 (Alfred A. Knopf)

Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide- Kay Redfield Jamison 1999 ( Alfred A. Knopf)

Beyond Tears: Living After Losing A Child- Mitchell,Barkin, Ö (St. Martin’s Griffon) 2005

Facing the Ultimate Loss: Confronting the Death of a Child- Marx & Wengerhoff (Champion Press) 2003

Aftershock: Help, Hope and Healing in the Wake of Suicide- Cox, Cox, David & Arrington (Broadman & Holman Publ.) 2003

Singing Lessons: A Memoir of Love, Loss, Hope & Healing- Judy Collins

Sanity & Grace: A Journey of Suicide, Survival & Strength- Judy Collins

No One Saw My Pain- Why Teens Kill Themselves- Andrew Slaby & Lili Frank Garfinkle ( W. W. Norton & co) 1995

Lay My Burden Down: Unraveling Suicide and Mental Health Crisis Among African-Americans- Poussaint & Alexander- 2001(Beacon Press)

Survivors of Suicide- Robinson & Hart- 2002 (New Page Books)

Darkness Visible- Styron- 1990 (Random House)

After a Suicide: Young People Speak Up- Kuklin- 1994 (Putnam Publishing)

When the Bough Breaks- Bernstein & Donaghy

A Broken Heart Still Beats- McCracken & Semel

Do They Have a Bad Day in Heaven?- Michelle Linn-Gust

Life After Loss: A Practical Guide to Renewing Your Life After Experiencing a Major Loss- Bob Deits

After Suicide loss: Coping with your Grief, Bob Baugher, PhD., and Jack Jordan,PhD., 2002.

Suicide of a Child, Wrobleski, Centering Corp., 2002.

Touched by Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss, Myers & Fine, Gotham Books, 2006.

In the Wake of Suicide: Stories of the People Left Behind, Victoria Alexander, Jossey-Bass, 1998.

A Special Scar: The Experience of People Bereaved by Suicide, Alison Werthelmer, Routledge, 2001.

A Force Unfamiliar To Me: A Cautionary Tale, Jane Butler, Hamlet Books, 1998.

Suicide in America, Herbert Hendin, MD, W.W. Norton and Company, 1995.

Books about Depression

Garrett: One Family’s Battle with a Child’s Depression, Gordon H. Smith, Caroll & Graf, 2006.

Understanding Depression:What We Know and What You Can Do About It- DePaulo 2002 (John Wiley & Sons)

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression- Solomon- 2001 (Scribner)

Reading Resources FOR CHILDREN dealing with the loss of a parent

Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One- A Guide for Grown-Ups- Kroen & Espeland

Child Survivors of Suicide: A Guidebook for Those Who Care for Them- Parkin & Dunne-Maxim- 1995

Before Their Time: Adult Children’s Experiences of Parental Suicide- Stimming- 1999 (Temple University Press)

Someone I Love Dies By Suicide: A Story for Child Survivors and Those Who Care for Them, Doreen Cammarata, Grief Guidance, Inc., 2000.

After A Suicide: A Workbook for Grieving Kids, Dougy Center

After A Parent’s Suicide: Helping Children Heal, Margo Requarth, Healing Hearts Press, 2006.

But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: For Parents and Professionals Helping Child Suicide Survivors- Rubel- 2000 (Griefwork Center)


But I Didn’t Say Goodbye: For Parents and Professionals Helping Child Suicide Survivors- Rubel- 2000 (Griefwork Center)

Suicide and Its Aftermath: Understanding and Counseling Survivors- Dunne, McIntosh & Dunne-Maxim- 1987 (W.W. Norton & Co.)

The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals- Shawn Shea

Grief After Suicide: Understanding the Consequences and Caring for Survivors- J.R Jordan & J.L. McIntosh (Eds.)

Safety Planning Intervention: A Brief Intervention to Mitigate Suicide Risk- B. Stanley & G. Brown- in Cognitive and Behavioral Practice (2012)