What To Do If You Feel Like Hurting Yourself

Article in partnership with Directing Change


Life can sometimes be really hard. Loss, trauma , problems with friends or family, or worries about the future can make us feel sad, anxious , stressed, angry, and hopeless. 

If these feelings become so strong that you are thinking of killing yourself, know that you are not alone. These types of thoughts are actually pretty common. These feelings can be a sign of emotional pain or maybe that something in your life needs to change. Many people have had feelings like this at different times in their lives. Many people have found hope, peace, or happiness again. Talking with someone who is ready to listen and offer support can help. Below are free phone numbers you can call to speak to someone.


Alameda County Resources :

Crisis Support Services of Alameda County: Call the 24-Hour Crisis Line at 1-800-309-2131 or text "SAFE" TO 20121.


National Resources :

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255

The 24-hour, free, confidential suicide prevention hotline is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress . It provides help in over 150 languages, as well as options for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

Línea de Vida Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio ofrece servicios gratuitos en español para alguien que está en crisis o necesita ayuda llame al 1-888-628-9454

Options for Deaf and Hard of Hearing call 1-800-985-5990 or text "TalkWithUs" to 66746 

Teen LineText "TEEN" to 839-563

If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who knows how you feel, trained teen volunteers are available by text message every night from 6pm to 9pm Pacific Time. Text "TEEN" to 839-563 or visit the website for a message board or to download their app.

The Trevor Project: Call 1-866-488-7386 

A nationwide organization provides a 24-hour phone hotline , as well as limited-hour web chat and text options, for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. The Trevor Lifeline is a national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.

  • Confidential online instant messaging with a Trevor Counselor 24/7
  • Confidential text messaging with a Trevor Counselor 24/7 text "START" to 678678
  • TrevorText can be reached by texting "TREVOR" to 1-202-304-1200 (available Monday-Friday from 3PM to 10PM Eastern Time).

The Trans Lifeline: Call 1-877-565-8860

The Trans Lifeline is a transgender -led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and do well. It provides crisis intervention hotlines, staffed by transgender individuals, for trans and questioning callers.