Suicide and depression affect many of us in Delaware. There are many suicide prevention resources in Delaware, like helplines and crisis counseling. Know the warning signs of suicide. Know how to prevent suicide. Know where to get help in Delaware. Suicide is preventable. If you think someone is in immediate danger, do not leave him or her alone—stay there and call 911.

To anyone out there who’s hurting—it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help. It’s a sign of strength.


What to Know

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10 to 34.  A person thinking of suicide is in great psychological distress.  This person does not want to live, but the person doesn’t want to die either.  This is called ambivalence.  Suicide is complex, but it’s also preventable.


What to Look for

Life can be stressful.  When in a state of crisis, some might consider ending their life.  Suicide is serious! There are warning signs to look for.  These may include depression, anxiety, withdrawal, or contemplating suicide.  These are clear indicators that it is time to act.


What to Do for You

Need help now?  Reach out.  You are not alone!  If you are scared that you might harm or kill yourself dial 9-1-1 immediately.  If you just want to talk, call a free and anonymous hotline for support at 1-800-273-TALK(8255).  Or text DE to 741741 to text the Crisis Text Line.


What to Do for Others

If a loved one says they want to die or doesn’t want to be here anymore, ask them directly if he or she is suicidal.  Take it seriously.  If your loved one is thinking of killing him/herself, then sit with your loved one and contact the mobile crisis number in the CRISIS box on this page. 


Promotion / Prevention

Children and teens should talk to a trusted adult if they’re thinking of hurting themselves.  The adult can be their parent, teacher, coach or family friend.  They can also text DE to 741741 to have an anonymous conversation.  THERE IS HELP FOR HOW THEY ARE FEELING.