Hotline Numbers: Local, Regional and National
All hotline numbers can be contacted 24 hours/7 days a week.
- The Link: NW Ohio Crisis Line: (Wood, Lucas, Ottawa Counties): 419.352.1545 or 1.800.472.9411
- Rescue Mental Health Services: (Lucas County): 419.255.9585
- First Call for Help Hotline: (Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Williams Counties): 1.800.468.4357
- YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter Crisis Line: (Lucas County):419.241.7386 or 1.800.341.7386
- YWCA H.O.P.E. Center Sexual Assault Hotline (Lucas County): 419.241.7273 or 1.866.557.7273
- Century Health: Crisis Line (Hancock County): 1.888.936.7116
- For crisis hotline call centers in Southern and Central Michigan: Contact Michigan Association of United Ways by dialing 2-1-1: you will be linked with the crisis call center nearest to your area.
Are you in crisis? Please call 1.800.273.TALK (8255)
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center near you.
What Are The Warning Signs For Suicide?
Seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or by calling the National Suicide Prevention lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK if you or someone you know exhibits any of the following signs:
- Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
- Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
- Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
- Feeling hopeless
- Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
- Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities – seemingly without thinking
- Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out
- Increasing alcohol or drug use
- Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
- Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
- Experiencing dramatic mood changes
- Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life
The Department of Veterans Affairs has founded a national suicide prevention hotline to ensure veterans in emotional crisis have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. Veterans can call the Lifeline number, 1.800.273.TALK (8255), and press “1” to be routed to the National Veterans Suicide Hotline, or visit the Veterans Hotline website.
Rescue Mental Health Services: 419.255.9585
Rescue is NW Ohio’s primary resource for emergency mental healthcare, providing service to those experiencing an emotional or psychiatric crisis. Rescue provides the following services 24 hours/7 days:
- Crisis phone counseling services
- Information and referral to outpatient care
- Outreach services, conducting a psychiatric evaluation on-site, if necessary
- Diagnostic assessment and transport
- Crisis stabilization and residential services, if needed
Area hospital emergency rooms also provide emergency mental health screening in a mental health crisis. In-patient psychiatric hospitalization is provided at these local hospitals: Flower Hospital; Mercy St. Charles Hospital; St. Vincent Medical Center and Toledo Hospital.
Suicide: The Forever Decision
To help save lives, the best-selling book Suicide: the Forever Decision, For Those Thinking about Suicide and for Those who Know, Love and Counsel Them, by Paul Quinnett, Ph.D. is herewith made available in a free electronic format to anyone in the world who wishes to read it or share it with others. Electronic copying, translation and distribution is strongly encouraged.
Go Ask Alice
This Q&A site from Columbia University’s Health Education Program covers just about every topic imaginable related to mental and physical health issues, and has a searchable database. If you need an answer, all you have to do is “Ask Alice.”
Site from the University of Chicago offers useful self-help information on the following issues:
- Cultural Issues
- Eating Disorders
- Concerned Others
- Impulse Control
- Sexual Assault/Harassment
- Sexual Orientation
- Study Skills
- Traumatic Events
- College/University Life