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Call 988 and press 4 for the Native and Strong Lifeline, available 24/7.


Good relatives watch out for friends and family.



While you can’t always tell, most people show some sign when they’re thinking about suicide. When we know the signs to watch for in ourselves or others, we can get support from people trained to help.

When to start a conversation


Talk to your friend or relative if you notice them:



It's a sign of strength to ask for help.

Start a conversation with 
your friend or family member. 

Ask questions, and listen without judgment. Let them know you’re there for them. 

Learn more here.

Call 988 or (800) 273-8255 for support available 24/7.

Lifeline calls are answered by people trained to help, who will connect you to a crisis center near you. Conversations are private and confidential.

Use the Crisis Text Line by texting 
“NATIVE” to 741741.

You’ll reach someone ready to support you during a crisis, 24/7. You also can text if you need to talk to someone or help a loved one.

Call your tribal EMERGENCY LINE OR 911.

If someone has attempted to take their life or a situation has escalated into a crisis, you may have to call emergency responders directly. Tell the dispatcher your loved one is having a mental health crisis. 

Resources for tribes and partners



The “Native and Strong” toolkit includes videos, social media posts, posters and digital graphics. It’s free to behavioral health care providers, schools, youth programs and others to help prevent suicide among Native people in Washington.