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If you are thinking about harming yourself or attempting suicide, tell someone who can help right away:

  • Call your doctor’s office.
  • Call 911 for emergency services.
  • Go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
  • Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) to be connected to a trained counselor at a suicide crisis center nearest you.
  • Ask a family member or friend to help you make these calls or take you to the hospital.
  • Contact your local crisis services at the following number:
    • Baltimore County Response System: 911 or 410-931-2214
    • Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc. (BCRI): 911 or 410.433.5175 or 410-752-2272

Behavioral Health System Baltimore’s Resource Page:

If you have a family member or friend in a crisis

If you have a family member or friend who is suicidal, do not leave him or her alone. Try to get the person to seek help immediately from an emergency room, physician, or mental health professional. Take seriously any comments about suicide or wishing to die. Even if you do not believe your family member or friend will actually attempt suicide, the person is clearly in distress and can benefit from your help in receiving mental health treatment.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Administration:
Within the Federal government, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a “Services Locator” for mental health and substance abuse treatment programs and resources nationwide. Visit their Web site at or call 1-800-789-2647 (toll free).

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH):
This website provides information from the Federal agency that conducts and supports research on mental illnesses.

National Mental Health Association.
The web site is sponsored by the National Mental Health Association as part of NMHA’s Campaign for America’s Mental Health. The mission of this web site is to educate people about clinical depression, offer a confidential way for people to get screened for symptoms of the illness, and guide people towards appropriate professional help if necessary.


Maryland Department of Mental Health and Hygiene:

Local Health Departments in Maryland:


Depression and Related Disorder affective disorder Association (DRADA): is a community organization; they serve individuals affected by a depressive illness, family members, health care professionals and general public.

Pro-Bono Counseling Pro Bono Counseling Project: 1877-323-5800,

24-Hour Hotlines

Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc. (BCRI) (24 hours)
Mobile Crisis Team, Crisis Unit, In-Home Support.
Phone: 410-433-5175

Baltimore County Crisis Response System (24 hours)
Phone: 410-931-2214

Baltimore Child and Adolescent Response System (BCARS) (24 hours)
Mobile Crisis Team, Crisis Unit, In-Home Support
Phone: 410-433-5174

First Call for Help (all types of referrals) (24 hours)
Phone: 410-685-0525 or 211

Grassroots Crisis Line – suicide intervention hotline
Phone: 410-531-6677

Maryland Youth Crisis – suicide and other interventions
Phone: 1-800-422-0009

Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: 410-828-6390

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Phone: 1-800-273-TALK

Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County (families experiencing violence)
Phone: 410-285-4357
Emergency Safe Shelter Phone: 410-285-7496
24-Hour Hotline Phone: 410-828-6390

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