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    Resources to help you or somebody you know struggling with suicidal thoughts

    In the wake of two high-profile suicides this week and a sharp increase in suicide rates in almost every state over the last couple decades, the importance of suicide awareness has been increasingly emphasized in national conversation.

    If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts or planning self-harm, there are resources available to help:

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    800-273-TALK (8255)


    A 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hot line available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

    The Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention

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    An alliance of suicide prevention advocates. The website contains resources and information:

    Riverside Trauma Center


    Offers services and referrals after traumatic events. The center’s Crisis Response Line is answered 24 hours.

    Crisis Text Line

    Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.


    Text 741741 to talk with a real-life human trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving.

    Samaritans Hope


    This hotline helps those who are having suicidal thoughts or dealing with the loss of a loved one to suicide.

    The Trevor Helpline

    866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386)

    This crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline is focused on LGBTQ youth.

    Felicia Gans can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.