Suicide Prevention

Get Immediate Help in a Crisis

911 should be contacted if you or your loved one is in immediate danger and needs urgent intervention.

We know the risk of suicide is higher for individuals with HD than for individuals in the general population. That makes it all the more important to have access to national suicide lifelines if the need for support arises. We strongly encourage you to reach out if you or your loved one experience suicidal thoughts. 

Check out HDSA’S “Here’s The Deal with Suicide” video below:


Listed here are National Suicide Prevention Hotlines via telephone, text, and on-line chat. Please remember that there is someone who cares and is willing to listen and speak with you when you are feeling depressed and/or suicidal. Your HD team is here for you and help is available.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Chat
En Español 1-888-628-9454

The Lifeline is a free, confidential crisis hotline that is available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Lifeline connects callers to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals. People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have hearing loss can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889.

Crisis Text Line
Text “HELLO” to 741741
The Crisis Text hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the U.S. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, connecting them with a crisis counselor who can provide support and information.

Contact social media sites if you are concerned about a friend’s social media updates or dial 911 in an emergency.

National Hopeline Network
1-800-442-HOPE (4673)
Suicide & Crisis Hotline providing support with trained counselors through this national hotline to prevent suicide.

Additional Resources


24/7 call or Chat for the LGBTQ+ community. 

The Trevor Project 
Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

Institute on Aging Center for Elderly
24/7 suicide and grief friendship line for the elderly offering telephone support to depressed, isolated, abused and/or suicidal older adult.

Veterans Crisis Line
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 or text to 838255
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that connects veterans 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a trained responder. The service is available to all veterans, even if they are not registered with the VA or enrolled in VA healthcare. People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have hearing loss can call 1-800-799-4889.

Call 1-877-968-8454, Text teen2teen to 839863, Chat or Email
YouthLine is a free, confidential teen-to-teen crisis and help line. Teens are available to help daily from 4-10pm Pacific Time (adults are available by phone at all other times).