Resources For Me

If you’re thinking about death by suicide or self-harm, there is no reason to feel embarrassed or ashamed. What you’re feeling is real and it’s painful. But you can overcome these thoughts and you don’t have to do it alone. Talking to someone can save your life.

Right now, you can call or text 988, or chat at, and talk with crisis workers who are trained to help people who are in emotional distress. The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and it provides free and confidential support.  

You don’t have to be in crisis to call. You can call to talk for any reason. You might want to discuss your mental health, substance use, or sexual identity. Or maybe you need to talk about a relationship, financial concerns, or loneliness. Lifeline crisis workers will listen to you, understand how these experiences are affecting you, and share resources.

Your life is worth living and these intense thoughts and feelings can pass. If you are thinking about suicide, please wait. has helpful steps to follow.

Warning Signs of Suicide

  • Talking about being a burden
  • Being isolated
  • Increased anxiety
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Increased substance use
  • Looking for a way to access lethal means
  • Increased anger or rage
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Expressing hopelessness
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Talking or posting about wanting to die
  • Making plans for suicide

Source: CDC

Learn more about suicide risk factors and warning signs from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mental Health Advance Directive

Plan ahead for the mental health services and supports that you may want to receive during a crisis if you are unable to make decisions by completing a Mental Health Advance Directive (MHAD). An MHAD is a recovery tool that ensures your voice will be heard during the treatment process even if you become unable to communicate your preferences to your provider. Download Pennsylvania’s MHAD Instructions and Forms.

For more information on Mental Health Advance Directives in Allegheny County, contact NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania’s Adult Mental Health Advocate at 412-366-3788 or toll free at 1-888-264-7972. Learn more about NKPA’s Adult Advocacy Program.

Additional Resources

Additional Crisis Support

resolve Crisis Services
resolve is a 24-hour, 365-day crisis service that’s free to all Allegheny County residents. Services are sponsored by both Allegheny County and UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. You can call resolve Crisis Services for help at 1-888-796-8226 or visit their walk-in crisis center located at 333 North Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15208.

Support Groups

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)  Find a Support Group

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Groups are free, peer-led groups for adults who have experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. Find an in-person or virtual group.

NAMI Bucks County PA | Alternatives to Suicide Virtual Group | Meets Every Sunday at 4 p.m. | Access Meeting

I Didn’t Die, But …
Virtual Drop-in for Suicide Attempt Survivors
Meets every Friday  |  7 PM
Drop-in Flyer

Thrive for Hope Young Adult Support Group
Virtual Support Group for Youth and Young Adults (ages 16-29)
Meets every Thursday on Zoom  |  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thrive Flyer
Hosted by Youth Move PA and PaPSC (Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition)  

Never Surrender
A Forensic Virtual Drop-In
Meets every Monday | 7 PM
If you have been or are currently involved in the criminal justice system and are looking for a place of acceptance and validation, drop in and chat with others who have had similar experiences.
Forensic Drop-in Flyer

Additional Resources