The holidays can be a stressful and difficult time for many, if you or someone you care about is struggling with despair, depression, or suicidal thoughts, help and support are available 24/7/365. During a medical emergency call 911 immediately.
- Howard Center First Call for Chittenden County – 802-488-7777
- Northwestern Counseling Crisis Hotline for Franklin/Grand Isle Counties – 802-524-6554
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline – 800-273-8255
- Text “VT” to 74141 – expect a text response within 5 minutes
Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone, of any age, gender, race, orientation, income level, religion, or background. Talking about suicide with someone you care about does not increase their risk of harm and may allow them to open up and accept help. Being involved in activities and connecting with others is beneficial, too. Look for events and activities on town websites, parks and recreation listings, Front Porch Forum, Facebook groups, local news channels, and Seven Days newspaper. Here are ideas for self-care during the holidays.