This is a list of suicide prevention resources. If you’re struggling with depression or distress and thinking of hurting yourself, you are not alone. There are millions of people around the world trying their best to cope with tinnitus and hyperacusis. Resources include live chat and helplines or lifelines to call or text. If you are in urgent need of help, please contact your local emergency services.
Please only use these emergency lifelines if you are in crisis.
If you are not in crisis, use regular contact info through websites and/or other non-emergency coping tool resources available locally or online.
Action on Hearing Loss
Helpline Telephone: 0808 808 6666
Helpline Textphone: 0808 808 9000
American Tinnitus Association
Help Network Listing: People can talk to or email volunteers with tinnitus and decreased sound tolerance like hyperacusis for support, guidance and resources.
Tinnitus Advisors: in 2018, ATAlaunched a Tinnitus Advisors program. Distressed callers can speak to an audiologist who can answer questions about tinnitus or hyperacusis and help them find local care providers.
Australia www.lifeline.org.au or contact 13 11 14
British Tinnitus Association
Helpline Telephone: 0800 018 0527
Canada National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Or Text Telephone: 1-800-799-4889
Association Québécoise de Prévention du Suicide (French): 1-866-APPELLE
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 or Live Chat counselling at www.kidshelpphone.ca
UK: contact 116 123
USA National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line 741741
Wikipedia has a List of Suicide Crisis Lines by country. Depending on the country, this list includes specific lines for kids, youth, military, and the LBGTQ+ community.
The website for a free MY3 mobile app has support for persons living with suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts. It describes how you can “stay connected when you are having thoughts of suicide. With MY3, you define your network and your plan to stay safe. With MY3 you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are having thoughts of suicide. Remember: there is hope and a life to look forward to, even in your darkest moments. MY3 can help you get through your most difficult times.”
At first I thought I didn’t have 3 so that was depressing. But doctor + 2 different lifelines = 3. Or doctor + support person + lifeline = 3. Check out the My3 app website for more info.
I don’t endorse or recommend any particular resource listed. There are helpful websites, twitter feeds and private Facebook groups whether you want people to “chat” with who know what it’s like to have hyper ears, are interested in sharing or getting coping ideas, or want to see what’s current in tinnitus-hyperacusis science. Also try #tinnitus and #hyperacusis