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If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. But research shows that suicide is preventable. Host Emily Kwong talks with NPR health correspondent Rhitu Chatterjee about the signs that someone you know may be thinking about dying, the ways you can support them, and how to possibly prevent suicide.
To read more of the story, find Rhitu’s reporting from our colleagues on the web and at Life Kit.
If You Need Help: Resources
- Find 5 Action Steps for helping someone who may be suicidal, from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Other resources and programs:
- The Trevor Project — confidential support for crisis intervention and suicide prevention services geared towards LGBTQ+ people under 25
You can email us at ShortWave@npr.org.
This episode was produced by Thomas Lu, edited by Gisele Grayson, and fact checked by Rasha Aridi. The audio engineer was Gilly Moon.