National Suicide Hotline Phone Number: 1-800-273-8255

PTSD and other psychiatric problems can come with a risk of suicide. If you need someone to talk to, the phone number for the national suicide hotline is 1-800-273-8255. It’s free, and it’s open 24/7.


When you call, you are automatically routed to the crisis center nearest you to receive immediate counseling and get local mental health referrals. The process usually takes less than 60 seconds, and the you get to talk to a trained crisis counselor. The call can be as short or as long as you'd like — the goal is to help you feel supported and safe.

You can also call of you are worried about someone else committing suicide. The counselor will walk you through options and resources that are in your area.

This phone number also works if you are a veteran. Once you indicate that you are a veteran (the system asks, and then you press the number one on your phone), you are routed to the suicide prevention hotline that is specifically for veterans.

There is also a text option: Text “hello” or “hi” (or anything you want) to 741741 and someone will text back and forth with you to help you.