Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Services

Navigating the every day can be stressful and difficult for many. If you or someone you care about is struggling with despair, depression, or suicidal thoughts, help and support are available 24/7. During a medical emergency call 911 immediately.

  • How to Call 911this video (available in 17 languages) walks you through how to call or text 911, getting an interpreter if you need one, and the key information the 911 operator will need
  • Howard Center First Call for Chittenden County – 802-488-7777
  • Northwestern Counseling Crisis Hotline for Franklin/Grand Isle Counties – 802-524-6554
  • 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline – call or text 988 – or chat at
  • Text “VT” to 74141 – expect a text response within 5 minutes

More resources are listed on the Vermont Suicide Prevention Coalition website and Vermont Department of Mental Health’s Suicide Prevention page.

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.