Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

Suicide takes precious lives. It affects anyone, anywhere, at any time, devastating families and even communities. We want to prevent suicide by taking action. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 988.  

If you or someone you know is experiencing distress or thoughts of suicide you can call, text, or use the 988 chat room any time, anywhere. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support as well as resources to help you find the care you need.  

New 988 signage has been installed throughout our stations to help those in crisis.

At SEPTA, we want you to know you are not alone. With help comes hope.

Know the Risk Factors 

  • Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and certain personality disorders
  • Alcohol and other substance use disorders
  • Hopelessness
  • Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
  • History of trauma or abuse
  • Major physical illnesses
  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • Family history of suicide
  • Job or financial loss
  • Loss of relationship(s)
  • Easy access to lethal means
  • Local clusters of suicide
  • Lack of social support and sense of isolation
  • Stigma associated with asking for help
  • Lack of healthcare, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment
  • Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma
  • Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and Internet)

Learn more about the 988 Suicide Prevention Lifeline.