13 minutes: Suicide prevention campaign
Suicide Lifeline (800) 273.TALK (8255)


On average, someone dies by suicide in our nation every 13 minutes. Many suicides can be prevented by people knowing the warning signs, and most importantly, knowing what to do if they recognize those signs in themselves or someone they care about. Join us in the 13minutes movement . . . take some time to learn the warning signs, how to ask the question or have the conversation, and where to get help when needed. Join us in the 13minutes movement to change the statistics and save lives!


Learning the warning signs of suicide could save someone's life. While an individual may not be experiencing all of these warning signs, most will experience more than one and for an extended period of time. Some are obvious while some are more subtle, so it's important to know what to look for and what to do next if you do notice these behaviors in someone you care about. With each of these warning signs, watch for a change from the individual's typical behavior.

Changes in sleep
Risky, reckless behavior
Excessive drinking or substance use
Unexplainable physical pain
Saying goodbye
Giving away possessions
Talking or writing about wanting to die
Feeling hopeless
Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
Displaying extreme mood swings
Looking for a way to kill themselves
Talking about being a burden
Acting anxious or agitated
Increase in anger or rage


Suicide is a very real public health problem that impacts individuals from a variety of backgrounds and of all ages. Every 13 minutes, someone in the United States dies by suicide. Suicide is preventable and anyone can help by knowing the warning signs, and what to do if you or someone you love is in a crisis situation. Let's change the stats!

While more women attempt suicide, men are four times more likely to die by suicide

Without adequate support, LGB youth are 4 times more likely, and questioning youth are 3 times more likely, to attempt suicide as their straight peers.


40% of transgender people have attempted suicide in their lifetime

1 in 6 students nationwide (grades 9-12) seriously considered suicide in the past year

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US

Sources: CDC.org, NAMI.org, womenshealth.gov


Asking about suicidal thoughts or feelings won't push someone into doing something self-destructive. In fact, offering an opportunity to talk about feelings may reduce the risk of acting on suicidal feelings. The first step is to find out whether the person is in danger of acting on suicidal feelings. Be sensitive, but ask direct questions.

Before starting a conversation with someone you are concerned about, be sure to have suicide crisis resources on hand. For additional resources, check out Get Help Now.

Try to get as much information about the individual's circumstances as possible by asking open ended questions, such as: "You seem down lately, how have things been going at      ?" "Tell me more about how you are feeling."
If they have not made a plan or thought about method, help them locate a mental health professional, and call to make an appointment as soon as possible. Consider offering to take them to their initial appointment. Follow up with them regularly and stay involved in their recovery process. Continue to be supportive, compassionate, and encouraging.
Provide them with the resources you have prepared including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273.TALK (8255) or see other available resources at Get Help Now.
"You aren't thinking of killing yourself are you?" When you word the question in such a way, it sets them up to say no, even if they are having suicidal thoughts.

Sources:Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Mayo Clinic & Suicide Is Preventable: Know the Signs


If you are feeling suicidal or if you are concerned about an individual who is suicidal, there is immediate help available. A skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center is able to talk to you now and provide assistance.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273.TALK (8255)
  • This is a 24 hour hotline that is open seven days a week, every day of the year
  • Your call is confidential and free of charge
  • You will hear a message saying that you have reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • You will hear music while your call is being connected
  • You will be helped by a skilled, trained crisis counselor who will listen to you and tell you about services that are available in your area
Veteran’s Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800)  273.TALK (8255), press 1 Veteran Text Line 838255
  • Text START
Boys Town National Hotline (800) 448.3000
  • Crisis hotline open 24 hours a day
Your Life Your Voice
  • Teen crisis online support
Crisis Text Line 741741
  • Text START
Nebraska Family Helpline (888) 866.8660

The Trevor Project (866) 488.7386
  • LGBTQ Crisis line open 24 hours a day
Safe Harbor Warm Line Number 402.715.4226
  • A peer run crisis diversion program for adults

If emergency medical care is needed, dial 911 or go to your nearest hospital/emergency room.