Free Resources Available to the Public
If you are in danger of acting on suicidal thoughts or are in any other life-threatening crisis, please call emergency services in your area (9-1-1 in the U.S.) or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.
If you—or a family member or friend—are having thoughts about suicide, resources are available to help. These include:
The Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 800-273-8255
SpeakingofSuicide offers information for immediate help with suicidal thoughts, including links to hotlines—and information for friends and family members, survivors of suicide loss, survivors of suicide attempts and anyone interested in suicide prevention.
Sometimes, celebrities and other individuals in the media spotlight can seem to be people we know personally—and it can be difficult to process grief when something bad happens to them. This information may help:
3 Reasons We Mourn Celebrity Deaths (Psychology Today)
Grief Reactions Over the Lifespan (American Counseling Association Fact Sheet 12)
Tips for responsible reporting on suicide are available from a number of sources, including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Media Guide
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Press Guide
Resources Available to ACA Members Only
The ACA Center for Counseling Practice, Policy, and Research offers Practice Briefs for ACA members. Practice Briefs, written by scholars in the counseling profession, are research-based summaries of best practices, evidence-based practices, and research-based approaches covering a wide variety of client-presenting issues and counseling topics. Each Practice Brief is several pages in length, includes references, and has been peer-reviewed by two co-editors before being accepted for publication. The Practice Briefs available to members include:
Suicide Prevention with School-Age Students
School-Based Suicide Intervention with Children and Adolescents