Where to get help!

In the United States, there are several helplines and organizations dedicated to providing support for depression and suicide prevention. Here are some of the widely recognized helpline numbers:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or Dial 988

  • This 24/7 helpline provides free and confidential support for anyone in distress or experiencing suicidal thoughts. It connects individuals to a network of local crisis centers across the United States.

Crisis Text Line: Text “HELLO” to 741741

  • The Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 crisis support via text messaging. Trained crisis counselors are available to provide assistance and support to individuals in crisis.

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)

  • The Veterans Crisis Line is specifically tailored to support veterans and active-duty military personnel. It provides confidential support for veterans in crisis and their families, including assistance with mental health concerns and suicide prevention.

SAMHSA National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Helpline is a confidential information and referral service that can provide assistance for individuals and families facing mental health or substance abuse issues.

It’s important to note that these helplines are staffed by trained professionals who are available to provide immediate support, crisis intervention, and referrals to local resources. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger or experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Additionally, many local communities and regions have their own crisis hotlines and mental health resources, so it can be helpful to research and identify local helpline numbers that may be available in your area.

How can you help someone who is depressed?


  • Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease your ability to function at work and at home.
  • Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:
    • Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
    • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
    • Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
    • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
    • Loss of energy or increased fatigue
    • Difficulty thinking, concentrating, making decisions
    • Restlessness or feeling slowed down
    • Feeling worthless or guilty
    • Thoughts of death or suicide

How to Help Someone Who is Depressed

  • Be there for them. Let your loved one know that you are there for them and that you care about them. Let them know that you are willing to listen to them and that you will not judge them.
  • Encourage them to get professional help. If your loved one is struggling with depression, encourage them to seek professional help. A therapist can help your loved one understand their depression and develop coping mechanisms.
  • Help them to take care of themselves. This may include things like helping them to eat healthy, get enough sleep, and exercise. It is also important to help them to avoid alcohol and drugs, as these can worsen depression symptoms.
  • Don’t give up on them. It is important to remember that depression is a treatable illness. With time and support, your loved one can recover from depression and live a happy and fulfilling life.


Depression is a serious illness, but it is treatable. If you are concerned that someone you know may be depressed, please encourage them to seek professional help. With the right support, your loved one can recover from depression and live a happy and fulfilling life.