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Suicide Awareness

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Nationwide hotline for suicide prevention.
Phone: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
Text: "HOME" to 741-741
Lines open 24/7.

Red Nacional do Prevención del Suicido
Bienestar Sin Fronteras
Free counseling and support groups in Spanish.
Phone: 260-745-6734
201 E. Rudisill Blvd., Suite B102 Fort Wayne, IN 46806

Stop Suicide Northeast Indiana
Free local resource for trainings, support, and resources. Meets regularly.
Parkview Behavioral Health Institute
Phone: 260-481-2700 and 260-481-2800
Many locations in Northeast Indiana.

Bowen Center
Phone: 260-471-3500
2100 Goshen Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46808

Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana
Phone: 260-422-6441
Amani Family Services 
Free mental health services are offered in an array of languages providing opportunities for discussion around relocating to this community in addition to educating and assisting individuals on their overall well-being. Substance use support and adjustment groups are provided as well. 
Phone: 260-484-1414
5104 N. Clinton Street Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Look Up Indiana
Phone: 877-257-0208 (24/7)
Text: "LookUp" to 494949

Crossroad Child and Family Services
Outpatient and home-based counseling for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families; residential treatment programs for youth ages 6 to 21; mental health wraparound programs for children; case management; diagnostic, evaluation, and testing services; and alternative education for grades 1-12.
Phone: 260-484-4153 and 1-800-976-2306
1825 Beacon Street Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Purdue University Fort Wayne Community Counseling Center
Counseling services for adults, children, families, and couples.
Phone: 260-481-5405
Dolnick Learning Center Bldg. 100 Baker Dr. Fort Wayne, IN 46835

Hope Alive
Counseling and support groups for men, women, and children.
(Some services free, $25 per counseling session. No one refused services due to limited funds.)
Phone: 260-420-6100
1747 North Wells St. Fort Wayne, IN 46808

Headwaters Counseling
Mental health counseling for all ages/issues; outpatient services addressing addiction issues for individuals and their families that are low, medium, or high risk for abuse; relapse prevention for those who have completed previously; and women in recovery programs are available too.
Phone: 260-744-4326
2712 S. Calhoun St. Fort Wayne, IN 46807

Erin's House for Grieving Children
Bereavement support groups; peer support programs for children, teens, young adults ages 18-30, and families who have suffered the death of a loved one; and peer support groups for ages 3-25. 
Languages: Available 24/7 via in-person interpreters and tele-interpreters.
Spanish interpreter offered daily.
Burmese and sign language interpreters offered by appointment.
Phone: 260-423-2466
5670 YMCA Park Dr. Fort Wayne, IN 46835
Grief Share:

Can you send 9-1-1 a text? 

Yes, in all counties in Indiana you can send a text message to if your emergency requires it. 

How do you text 9-1-1?

To text 9-1-1 you must have cell service and use the texting app that is original to your phone. You cannot text 9-1-1 from an app you downloaded from the app store. 


Step One: Put 9-1-1 into the number field. 

Step Two: Put your emergency and location into the message body. If you are texting 9-1-1, your cellular location may not be reporting accurately to the dispatcher. The location is the most important information you can provide to emergency services. 


You cannot send pictures, videos, or voice messages through text message to 9-1-1. 

While texting 9-1-1, do not use abbreviations and use clear language. 

After you send a text message, you will receive a text message back advising you to call 9-1-1 if your message did not send properly. If you receive this reply, call 9-1-1, if it is safe and provide the dispatcher the same information you sent in the text message. If you cannot talk on the phone for long, make sure to tell the dispatcher your location clearly. If you cannot talk on the phone at all, dial 9-1-1 and leave the phone connected so the dispatcher can listen to what is going on and track your location. 


Where can I learn more about texting 9-1-1?

LGBTQ+ Support Groups & Others Who Are Safe To Talk To

The Trevor Project
Support via talk, text, or chat.
Trevor Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386
TrevorText: Online messaging
TrevorChat: 1-866-488-7386 
TrevorSpace (Online Community):

Center for Nonviolence
Support group for people under 21 every Friday from 5-6:30 p.m. at Wunderkammer Co. (3402 Fairfield Ave.).
Must RSVP with Maria or Drake (or contact for more information): 260-456-4112
Must have parents fill out paperwork.

GLTB Youth National Talkline
Free and confidential peer support for LGBTQ+ individuals under 25.
Phone: 1-800-246-7743
Lines open Monday-Friday 4 p.m.-midnight and Saturday noon-5 p.m.

Trans Lifeline
For crisis and non-crisis support. 100% operated by trans-identifying individuals for trans-identifying or questioning individuals.
Phone: 1-877-565-8860
Lines open 24/7 (generally); guaranteed service 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. 
Ellos hablan Español. 

It Gets Better Stories

What is self-care? 

Self-care is an important concept in helping you meet your basic needs both physically and mentally. Some people will use the phrase self-care as a reason to make big purchases, treat themselves to a spa day, or to even spend an entire day sleeping on the couch. These habits can all be self-care if practiced in a healthy way. But three important ways to practice self-care are exercise, sleep, and nutrition. 



  • Playing a sport 

  • Swimming

  • Doing an at-home workout 

  • Doing chores 

  • Dancing 

  • Using the stairs instead of an elevator 

  • Walking the dog 

  • Riding a bike 

  • Taking a walk 

  • Doing yoga 


Physical activity is important in helping you feel good, sleep better, reduce stress, manage moods, and build a strong body and mind. Physical exercise can also help reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. 

Your nutrition is very important for physical and mental health. Our bodies get nutrients from the foods that we eat and it is important to pay attention to the foods that we consume on a daily basis. 


Sleep is very important to live a healthy life. We need an average of 8-10 hours of sleep per night. Some important steps to take to have a healthy night's sleep is, not having your phone when you are going to bed. Spending time on your phone before going to bed can keep you from falling asleep. 

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