Help for Suicide

Chatrooms, forums, and other resources to help prevent suicide.

IM ALIVE

IM Alive IM chat crisis counselling with trained volunteers. Available to visitors from anywhere worldwide. "An Online Crisis Network. The first online network with 100% of its volunteers trained and certified in crisis intervention." Hours: 24/7 Time zone converter

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gURL

Public message board forum for teen girls, including a forum for suicide. "gURL is a different approach to the experience of being a teenage girl. We are committed to discussing issues that affect the lives of girls age 13 and up in a nonjudgmental, personal way. Through honest writing, visuals and liberal use of humor,...

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Suicide Resources

Instant Messaging (IM) Chat Australia: eheadspace Kids Helpline (youth) Lifeline Crisis Chat Canada: ConnecTeen (youth, Calgary, AB) Crisis Centre Chat (British Columbia) Crisis Services (Canada) Distress Centre (Calgary, AB) Distress Centre Halton and Oakville (Ontario) IM Alive Jeunesse, J’écoute (French-Canadian) Manitoba Farm & Rural Support Services (Manitoba) Northern Youth Online (Northern Canada) ONTX (chat and...

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The HopeLine Live HopeCoach Chat

TheHopeLine Live HopeCoach Chat Faith-based Christian support IM chat service. International access, online or through their app. Over 90 languages translated. "Through TheHopeLine’s Chat feature you can share your story by chatting online with someone you can trust. Our trained Chat Coaches are ready to chat privately with you about whatever issues you may be...

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Befrienders

Befrienders Worldwide UK-based service by the Samaritans with global hotline directory, information, and more. "We work worldwide to provide emotional support, and reduce suicide. We listen to people who are in distress. We don't judge them or tell them what to do - we listen." Hours: all

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ConnecTeen

ConnecTeen Canadian youth peer support with IM chat, email, phone, hotline, and text. Text to 587-333-2724. "We can connect you directly with a peer who understands your unique perspective and can help talk through your problems." Hours: 5:00 - 10:00 pm daily, MST Time zone converter

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ConsultDirect

ConsultDirect Professional telehealth service for online video consultations (using a proprietary system) with Australian medical specialists. For Australians only, billed through the medical system, plus a web user subscription fee. iPhone app version also available.

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Contra Costa Crisis Center

Contra Costa Crisis Center Crisis counselling available from trained staff through their 24/7 phone hotline 1-800-833-2900 or their Crisis Lines CHAT program. Crisis Chat provides emotional support in a time of crisis. Hours: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Monday - Friday PST

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CrisisChat

CrisisChat IM chat counselling crisis service. Due to high demand they do not accept international chats; American only. "It’s a place to talk about problems and stress that may be difficult to talk about anywhere else… a place to find non-judgmental support and help through a difficult time. Crisis Chat is a place to find...

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Crisisline Online

Crisisline Online IM chat service for teens and young adults in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions of New York. A 24/7 phone hotline is also available (607) 272-1616. "Feeling alone? No one understands? Stress or depressed? Worried or overwhelmed? Thinking about suicide? We don't judge. We don't give advice. You can trust us...

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Distress Centre

Distress Centre Calgary, AB, Canada, service offering an IM chat service for adults, Connecteen peer support IM chat for youth, and a 24/7 phone hotline at (403) 266-HELP. For Calgary residents only. "We’re making it easier to talk to someone and best of all, it’s confidential!" Hours: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm MST daily

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eheadspace

eheadspace Online counseling service for Australian youth 12 - 25 years old. Secure chat service, email, and phone hotline. "Going through a tough time? eheadspace can help." Hours: 7 days a week, 1pm to 1am AEST Time zone converter

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Get Connected

The Mix A UK service offering a phone helpline, email, text, and chat for youth. (Formerly called Get Connected.) "Free confidential help for under 25's" Hours: Web Chat - 11:00 am - 11:00 pm daily GMT Time zone converter

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GLBT National Help Center

GLBT National Help Center - Online Peer Support Chat LGBTQ peer support IM chat (telephone hotline 1-888-843-4564) "We offer free, confidential, one-on-one peer support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning people." Hours: Monday through Friday 4:00 pm to 12:00 am EST, Saturday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST Time zone converter

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Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line America's only national, 24/7 texting service for all ages and issues. Text START to 741-741. "Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Your best friend. Your dad. That lady down the street. That quiet kid in school. That loud kid in school. That dude in accounting. Your cousin...

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Hello Cruel World

Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws Book or free iPhone app, by Kate Bornstein. Also condensed as a free PDF mini-guide, Hello Cruel World Lite. "Hello,Cruel World features a catalog of 101 alternatives to suicide that range from the playful (moisturize!), to the irreverent (shatter some family values),...

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Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service

Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service A crisis respite home and telephone helpline/IM chat support service with trained volunteers who are also consumer/survivors. "...an alternative to hospital admission and statutory provision for people in acute mental health crisis" Hours: IM chat available 6:00 - 10:30 pm BST

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Lifeline

Lifeline Australia's Lifeline offers a 24/7 helpline (13 11 14), and online IM Crisis Chat services. They also released a free Service Finder app. "Just by reading this, a part of you is looking for ways to live and to get help for problems in your life. It is not uncommon to feel this way...

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Lifeline Chat

Lifeline Crisis Chat Lifeline, America's largest suicide prevention phone hotline service, also offers IM chat. "Who should use the Lifeline Crisis Chat program? Anyone who is depressed, despairing, going through a hard time, or just needs to talk, including people who are thinking about suicide. Any life issues may be discussed on the Chat program....

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Lived Experience Coping Tips for Suicidal Thoughts

People's best ways to cope with suicidal thoughts, as shared with @unsuicide on Twitter and collected below. 140 characters (or less) of experiential knowledge useful in recovery, in the authentic direct voices of people who've been suicidal. Scroll down the page to read them all. If you are in imminent risk of suicide, or have...

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Long Island Crisis Center

Long Island Crisis Center For Long Island, NY residents only: IM chat, text, and 24/7 phone hotline services. Text LICC to 839863 to speak to a Counselor. "Live one-on-one, free, anonymous counseling" IM Chat Hours: 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm daily Text hours: 7:00 - 11:00 pm daily

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Northern Youth Online

Northern Youth Online An IM chat service and phone hotline for youth in Canada's north. "If you are feeling overwhelmed, depressed, confused, suicidal, or just need someone to listen, we want to tell you three things: you're not alone, there are many different ways to cope with problems, and we're here to listen." Hours: 4:00pm...

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ONTX

Ontario’s Online and Text Crisis and Distress Service (ONTX) The Online Chat & Text (ONTX) service allows individuals in the community to communicate with us without having to speak over the phone on one of our crisis lines. It is a safe, confidential, one-on-one conversation with a highly-trained volunteer responder. ONTX service is confidential and...

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Online Media Suicide Prevention

Online Media You are the media. Prevent contagion suicide with your blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.. Read research-validated recommendations for online citizen-generated, social media writing about suicide topics from Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide.

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Online Suicide Help

Can't talk on the phone, and seeking alternative help for emotional crisis? Find digital health services including live crisis chat, SMS texting, email, peer support forums, social media, apps, videos, and more, in this global directory. This wiki directory offers links and descriptions (including hours available) of web and mobile suicide crisis ehealth and mhealth...

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Pieta House

Pieta House A Irish suicide and self-harm prevention service offering a phone hotline and email connections (mary@pieta.ie), and in-person counselling appointments. "At this moment in time, death may seem to be the only option in dealing with the emotional pain you are feeling. Most people at some time in their life may want to die....

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Reasons to go on Living Project

The Reasons to go on Living Project Canadian research project archiving suicide attempt stories along with why the survivor is now glad to be alive.

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Youth2Youth

Youth2Youth Helpline SITE OFFLINE as of 2015 A UK service offering peer support services by and for youth (ages 11 - 19) who live in the UK. Includes a phone helpline, email, Skype, and IM chat. "Many young people find it difficult to talk to adults; some do not trust them and often young people...

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The Calm Zone

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) for UK men offers web chat, a phone helpline, and helpful articles on their site. "Things can get tough, but we can help you get your life back. Being silent isn’t being strong." Hours: 5:00 pm - midnight daily, GMT

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Kids Helpline

Australia's Kids Helpline offers an IM chat counselling service as well as a phone hotline (1800 55 1800) and email counselling. "We care. We listen." Hours: Monday to Friday QLD 2pm to 10pm NSW 3pm to 11pm VIC 3pm to 11pm TAS 3pm to 11pm ACT 3pm to 11pm SA 2.30pm to 10.30pm NT 1.30pm...

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Crisis Centre Chat (BC and Yukon)

Crisis Centre Chat IM chat service for adults in BC and Yukon, Canada. Mobile compatible chat interface. "connects adults with support, information and resources" Hours: Noon - 01:00 PST daily

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Crisis Services Canada (CSC)

Crisis Services Canada Pan-Canadian suicide crisis support service offering trained help via toll-free phone, online chat, or SMS texting. "If you are thinking about suicide, contact us today." Hours: 24/7 (phone only - text and chat 6:00pm - 1:00am ET)

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Distress Centre Halton and Oakville

Distress Centre Halton and Oakville Distress Centre Halton provides telephone and online support to people in our community to better cope with crisis, loneliness, and emotional stress. Having the support of a friendly person who cares about your feelings and what you’re going through can make all the difference! OAKVILLE - 905-849-4541 BURLINGTON - 905-681-1488...

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Jeunesse, J’écoute (Kids Help Phone)

Jeunesse, J’écoute (Kids Help Phone) A Canadian site for youth up to age 20, offering crisis counselling via phone hotline, IM chat, or forum. "Chat counselling lets you connect one-on-one, real time, with a Kids Help Phone counsellor, on the web or from a smartphone." Hours: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm Thursday through Sunday, EST...

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Manitoba Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services (MFRNSS)

Manitoba Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services (MFRNSS) Manitoba Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services (MFRNSS) provides telephone and online counselling to farmers, rural and northern Manitobans. We also offer public education, a volunteer training program, and a monthly Suicide Bereavement Support group. The MFRNSS houses a Rural Mental Health Resource Centre with books, videos...

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Vancouver Island Crisis Society

Vancouver Island Crisis Society Vancouver Island, BC (Canada) service offering online crisis chat, texting (250-800-3806), and a phone helpline (1-888-494-3888). "Reach out for support." Hours: telephone 24/7. Crisis chat and texting: 6:00 - 10:00 pm PT daily

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Youth in BC

Youth in BC IM chat crisis counselling with trained volunteers based in British Columbia, serving BC and the Yukon. Aimed at youth. Chat interface is mobile compatible. Also: email support, information, links and resources, phone hotline (1-604-872-3311) . "YouthInBC.com is a program of the Crisis Centre. It connects youth with support, information and resources." Hours:...

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Youthline

Youthline Youthline offers a Canadian phone hotline (1-800-268-9688) as well as email peer support, blog, and a forum for LGBTQ youth. "The Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line is a toll-free service provided by youth for youth. We're here to offer support, information and referrals specific to your concerns. We are here because we want...

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Youth Space

Youth Space Resources (including a coping kit), peer support forum, email counselling with professional counsellors, texting, and an online chat service make this a well-rounded site for youth under 30 years old. "...a safe space to reach out to when you're going through a rough time. Need someone to talk to...? We promote emotional wellness...

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Trevor Chat

The Trevor Project TrevorChat offers non-crisis IM chat with trained volunteers, for US residents only. Service aimed at LGBTQ youth. Phone hotline also available (1-866-4-U-TREVOR), as well as texting (available on Fridays 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET - text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200). "TrevorChat is a free, confidential and secure online messaging service...

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Leeds Nightline

Leeds Nightline A peer support service run by and for Leeds students, during term time in the UK. Offers a phone hotline and IM chat. "Nightline is an anonymous, non-advisory telephone listening and information service run for students by trained student volunteers from the University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds Trinity, the Northern School...

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The Mix

The Mix A UK service offering a phone helpline, email, text, and chat for youth. (Formerly called Get Connected.) "Free confidential help for under 25's" Hours: Web Chat - 11:00 am - 11:00 pm daily GMT Time zone converter

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Strathclyde and Caledonia Nightline

Strathclyde and Caledonian Nightline IM chat service and helpline for students. "Nightline is a confidential telephone and online listening and information service run by trained students for the students of Glasgow Caledonian and Strathclyde Universities." Hours: 7:00 pm to 7:00 am GMT, Monday to Friday during term time

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Care Crisis Chat

Care Crisis Chat An American crisis chat service offering one on one instant messaging chat with volunteers. "Care Crisis Chat is for anyone in crisis. From feelings of anxiety to thoughts of suicide, we are just a click away when you have no one else to turn to." Hours: not advertised

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Common Ground

Common Ground An American service for youth offering online crisis chat counselling. "This chat is for anyone who is going through a hard time and just needs to talk about topics such as (but not limited to): suicide bullying depression anxiety relationship problems family stressors abuse" Hours: Monday through Friday, 4:00 - 10:00 EST

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Lifeline Crisis Chat

Lifeline Crisis Chat The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline operates a 24 hour telephone hotline at 1-800-273-TALK, and an IM chat service during limited hours. Americans only. "Any life issues may be discussed on the Chat program. The chat specialists are here to listen and support you through whatever difficult times you may be facing." Hours:...

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Didi Hirsch

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services Suicide Prevention Chat An IM chat service from Southern California-based Didi Mirsch Mental Health Services, who also offer a phone hotline and offline support groups. "Our chat line is a free and confidential service that is designed to reach people in crisis who may not be willing or able to...

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NAMI OC

NAMI Orange County Warmline IM chatand telephone service - 1-877-910-9276 (WARM) or 714-991-6412- with volunteers. (Note - not to be confused with a peer support warmline, volunteers are not mental health peers.) "A warm friendly voice" 9:00 am - 11:00 pm Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 11:00 pm Saturday - Sunday, PST Time zone...

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Mental Health Association of San Francisco

Mental Health Association of San Francisco - Peer Support Warmline MHASF's peer support warmline and IM chat provides peer-to-peer empathy, support, and information for people in the San Francisco Bay Area (may accept international chats). The organization also runs an offline suicide attempt survivor support group. "Need Peer support or information? Chat now!" Hours: 12:00...

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RAINN Online Hotline

RAINN Online Hotline Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network online hotline with trained volunteers: free, secure, anonymous help with crises related to sexual assault recent or historic. "RAINN: The nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization." Hours: all

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Teen Line

Teen Line Peer support by teens for teens. Hotline, text-line, forum, email, blog, info, resources. Accepts texts from all USA, and international calls (telephone hotline 1-310-855-4673). text "TEEN" to 839863 (USA) Hours: 6:00 - 10:00 pm PT (texting 5:30-9:30pm) "TEEN LINE is a confidential telephone helpline for teenage callers. It operates every evening from 6:00pm...

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About Depression

About.com Depression Online resources for depression including 24/7 chat rooms, IRC, and forums. "Come join us in a safe, supportive environment to chat about depression and related issues. Rooms are hosted." Hours: 24/7

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Your Life, Your Voice

Your Life, Your Voice The Boys Town National Hotline, which runs a 24/7 American phone hotline (1-800-448-3000), created this online service for youth, offering help via email, a forum, information, and IM chat. "You don't have to face your problems alone." IM chat hours: 7:30 PM – 12:00 AM CST Mondays – Thursdays Time zone

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Reach Out

Reach Out Australian and US mental health forum, helpline, and resources. "Get through tough times." #GettingReal forum chat room open Mondays 8:00 - 9:00 pm AEST

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The Site

The Site.org UK youth support on a variety of topics including mental health, sex, workplace, home, travel, and social issues. Features a peer support chat room, email counselling, forum, info, and resources. "Your guide to the real world." Chat Room Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00 - 10:00 pm, Sunday 7:00 - 9:00 pm GMT Time

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San Francisco Suicide Prevention

San Francisco Suicide Prevention Local hotline with TTY as well as online IM chat service and email service. Phone hotline is available 24/7 at 415-781-0500 (TTY 415-227-0245). Available to Bay Area residents only. Outside San Francisco (in USA), please call 1-800-273-8255. "Volunteers are standing by, waiting to hear from you." Hours: IM chat Monday -...

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Iowa Crisis Chat

Iowa Crisis Chat.org Based in Iowa, USA, this IM chat service offers emotional support in English and Mandarin. "You will be communicating with a specially-trained volunteer who will offer non-judgmental support and can provide additional resources to you." Hours: English: Monday through Friday 2:00 - 10:00 pm Mandarin: Monday through Friday 8:00 - 10:00 pm

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Scarleteen

Scarleteen Comprehensive and inclusive sex education and counselling site for youth. Non-religious, non-judgmental. Texting service (text question to ASKST to 66746, for USA only), plus global IM chat, forums, email, and information archives. "Sex ed for the real world" Hours: Monday - Friday, between 3 PM and 10 PM EST, and Saturday and Sunday, between...

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Veteran’s Crisis Chat

Veteran's Crisis Line - Crisis Chat IM crisis chat counselling for American veterans, accessible from anywhere in the world. (Telephone in US 1-800-273-8255 press 1) "The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline and online chat." Hours:...

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Olagola

Ó Lá Go Lá An Irish online suicide prevention organization with a web site and Facebook page. On their site they offer IM chat (PMs) for crisis, non-crisis email support, and weekly group support. On Facebook, they moderate peer support [on a public page - beware privacy issues]. "A safe, on-line community providing care, support...

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Recover Your Life

Recover Your Life Discussion forum and live chat help. "Whatever you feel you are struggling with, remember: You are not alone" Hours: all

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Samaritans

Samaritans The UK's largest crisis counselling service, offering a phone hotline, email, texting, letters, and face to face services. Text number: 07725 90 90 90 "Whatever you're going through, we're here to help." Hours: 24/7

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What Happens Now

What Happens Now? Blog by and for suicide attempt survivors, hosted by the American Association for Suicidology.Features weekly guest blog posts by various attempt survivors and those who have experienced suicidal thoughts, many now activists.

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Suicide Read This First

Suicide... Read This First The original web page written by Martha Ainsworth. A suicide prevention classic, this simple essay has been saving lives on the internet since 1995. As powerful today as when it was first created. If you are considering suicide, please give yourself five minutes to read it.

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