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In Crisis? Need Help?

If you are experiencing suicidal thinking/impulses, overwhelming depression, or another mental health crisis, or you need help with your mental health immediately, call 325-690-1313 Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm to get connected with someone today.

If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.


Are you in crisis or concerned about someone? Here are some available resources:

PHONE SUPPORT free, confidential, 24/7 support by phone  
800-758-3344 Betty Hardwick Crisis Line  
800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline / Veteran Crisis Line  
888-628-9454 Línea Telefónica Nacional De Suicidio  
866-488-7386 The Trevor Lifeline, Crisis Intervention for LGBTQ youth  
877-565-8860 Trans Lifeline  
888-843-4564 LGBTQ Peer Support  


What to expect when you call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

  • You'll hear a brief message that you've reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • You'll hear music while the Lifeline directs your call to the crisis center nearest you
  • A local crisis center counselor will answer your call and help you
  • The counselor will offer you referrals for mental health services if needed


TEXT free, confidential, 24/7 support by text  
838255 Veterans Crisis Line  
741741 Crisis Text Line (all ages 24/7)  
20121 Teen Line (child/teen)  


CHAT free, confidential, 24/7 support by message  
Veterans Crisis Text Line Global access for American vets, service members, National Guard, Reserves, and family members and friends  
The Trevor Chat LGBTQ youth  
LGBTQ Peer-Support Chat LGBTQ  
RAINN Online Hotline Sexual assault victims, global access  
Your Life Your Voice Teen  
Teen Line Online Teen  
866Teenlink Teen  


MOBILE APPS all developed by the Texas Suicide Prevention Council  
Ask & Prevent Suicides Provides useful information to use as an educational resource as well as a crisis intervention resource for suicide prevention  
Hope Box Contains messages, contact information, pictures, and scrapbook to store personalized information that promotes mental wellness and can aid persons in a mental health crisis.  
Suicide Safer Home Offers practical tips for concerned parents and adult family caregivers for keeping families suicide safer.  


325-691-0030 Oceans Behavioral Hospital, 4225 Woods Place, Abilene  
325-690-5100 Betty Hardwick Center, 2616 S. Clack St, Abilene  
325-673-6489 Serenity House, 1546 N. 2nd St, Abilene  


If you are worried that someone you know is considering suicide:

The situation is an emergency and immediate action is needed if any of these signs are present:

  • in the act of hurting or killing him or herself, has a weapon or other lethal means
  • threatening to hurt or kill him or herself
  • looking for ways to hurt or kill him or herself, talking about a plan to do so
  • talking about death or suicide and is acting anxious or agitated
  • talking about death or suicide and is intoxicated or "high" on drugs

If any of these are present:

  • Call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Don't leave the person alone.
  • Remove all lethal means (weapons, medications, etc.) from the vicinity
  • Take the person to a nearby Emergency Room or walk-in psychiatric crisis clinic
  • Do not put yourself in danger; if you are concerned about your own safety, call 911