Suicide Prevention

If You Feel You May Be at Risk for Suicide

If you are considering harming yourself, it is imperative that you seek help immediately. Turning to a family member, friend, or mental health professional can provide immediate support and keep you physically safe. If you are unable to seek help from someone you know, you can find assistance through the support and crisis lines listed below.


  • There is ALWAYS another solution, even if you can’t see it right now. Emotions and situations change.
  • Do not be ashamed. Many people have experienced what you are going through. Depression can make you feel emotions and act in ways that do not fit with your usual personality.
  • Wait 24 hours before you take any negative action because this can give you time to think things through and find other options. Try to talk to someone, anyone – as long as they are not another suicidal or depressed person.
  • If you’re afraid you can’t control yourself, make sure you are never alone. Even if you can’t share your feelings, make sure you are with family members, friends – anyone. Go to a coffee shop, mall, or the movies. Anywhere where you won’t be alone.

When You OR Someone You Know is in Acute Crisis

  • In an acute crisis, go immediately to the nearest hospital emergency room, or call 911 right away.
  • Do not leave the person alone. If you are at risk, find someone to be with you until help arrives.
  • Remove from the vicinity any firearms, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.
  • Hospitalization may be necessary at least until the crisis abates.
  • If available, go to a nearby psychiatric hospital. If there is no facility close by, go to a nearby hospital or emergency room.
  • If the above options are unavailable, call your local emergency number or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Additional Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Norfolk – CrisisLink – a 24/7 crisis hotline 757-622-1126
Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center 757-627-LIFE (5433)
Download the Virginia Suicide Prevention Resource Directory, 2009, 1st Edition (PDF)

Learn about suicide warning signs.

The information in this website is a guide and resource. Consult a mental health professional for additional information on depression and suicide. ©2008 I Need a Lighthouse, Inc.