We understand how challenging it can be to support a loved one during difficult times.


If you’re concerned about someone and don’t know how to help, our 24/7 Maine Crisis Line provides free, confidential support from trained professionals.


The Maine Crisis Line ensures that no one has to face big emotions alone. Together, we can reduce the risk of suicide in Maine.


5 Action Steps to Help Someone With Suicidal Thoughts


  1. Ask: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.
  2. Keep Them Safe: Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the at-risk person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means can make a difference.
  3. Be There: Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling. Research suggests acknowledging and talking about suicide may in fact reduce rather than increase suicidal thoughts.
  4. Help Them Connect: Save the Maine Crisis Line number (call or text 988) in your phone so it’s there if you need it. You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional.
  5. Stay Connected: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person. (Source)


If you are not in a crisis, but need some support, check out the Resources page for more help.

We’re here to help. Let us listen.

Contact the Maine Crisis Line today.