In the US, a single, toll-free number serves as a suicide hotline for the entire country. Calls to this number are routed to local resources. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. All mental health professionals should routinely give this number to all persons who have suicidal ideation and, if appropriate, to their family and friends as well.
The number is 1-800-273-8255. Memorize it, please.
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