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Public Health and Social Services

Emotional Support and Crisis Helplines


Many people are uncomfortable talking about suicide. However, talking about suicide does not increase the risk that someone will attempt suicide. 

Warning Signs for Suicide 

  • Current talk of suicide or making a plan.
  • Signs of depression, such as moodiness, hopelessness, withdrawal.
  • Strong wish to die or preoccupation with death.
  • Giving away prized possessions.
  • Increased alcohol and/or drug use.
  • Hinting at not being around in the future or saying goodbye.

If someone needs help NOW (available 24/7)

  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988
    • press "2" for multilingual
      • Native American/ Alaska Native Youth can press "4" to reach the Native and Strong LifeLine.
  • If someone is an IMMEDIATE harm to self or others, do not wait call 911.

There are three very important things to do, if you notice warning signs for suicide or if someone tells you they are thinking about suicide.

988 graphic with a USA suicide prevention phone number as a motif.

The following are 24/7, free and confidential. 




    Distress Helpline

    988 National Suicide and Crisis Hotline 

    What you can do


    Show you care. Let the person know you really care. Talk and listen carefully to what they have to say.

    "I'm worried about you, about how you feel."

    "You mean a lot to me. I want to help."

    "I'm here, if you need someone to talk to."


    Ask the question. Be direct and specific in a caring, non-confrontational way. Get the conversation started.

    "Are you thinking about suicide?"

    "Do you really want to die?"


    Get help. Never keep talk of suicide a secret, even if you are asked to. It's better to risk a friendship than a life. Do not try to handle the situation on your own. You can be the most help by getting them help.

    "I know where we can get some help."

    "Let's talk to someone who can help - now."

    COVID-19 Mental Health Resources



    Individuals Living with Mental Illness 


    Local Helpline

    Talking with Children


    Children with Special Needs 

    Additional Resources

    Thurston Youth Alive
    Is focused on youth suicide prevention. If you have questions, please contact Mary Ann O'Garro at 360-867-2525 or by email