Crisis help is available

If you or someone you care about is having an emotional crisis and needs immediate assistance, there are specially trained people who can help. 

Anyone experiencing an emergency can go to a hospital emergency room or call 911 for immediate assistance.

In Virginia, Community Service Boards (CSBs) provide emergency services 24-hours/7-days a week for people of all ages who are experiencing severe, acute symptoms of mental or emotional distress, including risk of suicide, risk of danger to others, and emergencies related to alcohol or drug abuse or addiction.

CSB Emergency/Crisis Phone Numbers by County


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


To talk to a trained crisis worker on the phone, call 1-800-273-TALK. Your call will be automatically routed to a counselor at the crisis center nearest you.  The call is free and confidential.  Anyone who feels sad, hopeless or suicidal – or is concerned about a loved one – can call the number for assistance.



Resources on Youth Suicide Prevention

About Teen Suicide (KidsHealth - for parents)

Suicide (KidsHealth - for teens)

Help Stop Teen Suicide (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Suicide: A major preventable mental health problem (National Institute of Mental Health)


Date Reviewed: May 31, 2011