What to do if someone you know is considering suicide

Emergency contact information

  • Springfield Police Department
    417-864-1810 or 911
  • Sheriff Greene County
  • Burrell Center Inc./Crisis Assist Team
    24-hr Crisis Line
    417-862-6555 or 800-494-7533
  • Missouri State University
    Counseling Center 417-836-5116

OR - Go directly to an Emergency Room at:


  • Mercy Hospital at the Corner of National and Sunshine
  • Cox's Medical Center South
    3801 S. National

How you can help

  • Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.
  • Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.
  • Be non-judgmental. Don't debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or feelings are good or bad. Don't lecture on the value of life.
  • Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
  • Don't dare him or her to do it.
  • Don't act shocked. This will put distance between you.
  • Don't be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.
  • Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance.
  • Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.
  • Get help from persons or agencies specializing in crisis intervention or suicide prevention.

Other resources

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If you have difficulty coping after the emergency, contact the Counseling Center or see the list of Springfield resources.