Suicide and Self-Harm
Have you been thinking about ending your life?
Have you been thinking about hurting yourself?
Are you overwhelmed?
You are not alone. There is help available.
If you or someone you know are in immediate danger of suicide, CALL 9-1-1 NOW
Or, call one of the local 24-Hour Crisis numbers:
- Crisis & Suicide Hotline at (317) 251-7575
- Midtown Mental Health Center (24 hours) at (317) 630-8485
- Aspire at (800) 560-4038
Or, call one of the national hotlines:
- National Hopeline Network at 1-800-SUICIDE
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- The Trevor Lifeline now at (866) 488-7386
For more information and support, contact:
- Ulifeline — A web-based resource that provides important mental health information, including suicide prevention, and the nearest support groups and crisis centers. 24-hour per day contact with crisis counselors is available at 1-800-SUICIDE.
- SAFE Alternatives — A web-based resource to help reduce self-injurious behaviors.
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline — Supports the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Provides information and resources.
- Trevor Lifeline — If you're a young person identifying as LBGTQ/questioning, looking for someone to listen without judgment, or feeling suicidal, please call The Trevor Lifeline now at 866-488-7386.
- Suicide Prevention, Awareness, and Support — A non-profit organization providing support and information about suicide and prevention.
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death among those 15-24 years old.
- Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for adults between the ages of 18 and 65 years in the United States (28,628 suicides).
- A person dies by suicide about every 15 minutes in the United States.
- Every day, approximately 90 Americans take their own life.
Self-harm is the deliberate, self-inflicted destruction of body tissue without suicidal intent. It may be used as a form of self-punishment or of emotional regulation or release. Self-harm includes, but is not limited to:
- biting oneself
- scratching (breaking skin)
- punching self
- ingesting or injecting toxic substances
- inserting or swallowing objects
- interfering with wound healing
- bruising or breaking bones
- some forms of hair-pulling
About 1 in 10 teenagers report having engaged in self-harm, and self-harm most often begins between the ages of 14 and 24.
While self-harm behaviors by definition are not associated with suicidal intent, self-harm has been found to be a factor in 40-60% of completed suicides. Self-harm may lead to accidental or intentional death. Seek Help!