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Help yourself - Suicide prevention

The most important thing you can do is talk to someone nonjudgmental who cares. Reach out 24/7 to:

  • Montgomery County Hotline: 301-738-2255
  • Montgomery County Crisis Center: 240-777-4000
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

All calls to these services are free and confidential.

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A safety plan is designed to guide you through a crisis. As you continue through the steps, you can get help and feel safer. Keep your plan easily accessible in case you have thoughts of hurting yourself.

  1. Recognize your personal warning signs: What thoughts, images, moods, situations, and behaviors indicate to you that a crisis may be developing? Write these down in your own words.

  2. Use your own coping strategies: List things that you can do on your own to help you not act on urges to harm yourself.

  3. Socialize with others who may offer support as well as distraction from the crisis: List people and social settings that may help take your mind off of difficult thoughts or feelings.

  4. Contact family members or friends who may help to resolve a crisis: Make a list of people who are supportive and who you feel you can talk to when under stress.

  5. Contact mental health professionals or agencies: Make a list of names, numbers and/or locations of clinicians, local emergency rooms, and crisis hotlines. Put the Lifeline number, 1-800-273-8255, into your phone.

  6. Ensure your environment is safe: Have you thought of ways in which you might harm yourself? Work with a counselor to develop a plan to limit your access to these means.

    Information courtesy of The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a program funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) and administered by the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC).