Third Level is a proud partner of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network. 


Call anytime from anywhere.

Third Level is a proud partner of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network – a nationwide, 24/7 phone line to help prevent suicide. If anyone calls this national number from a northern Michigan area code, they will be routed to local Third Level counselors. 

Third Level counselors are specially trained in suicide intervention and will work to help you or your loved ones in times of suicidal crisis.

Are you suicidal? Do you know someone who is suicidal? Anyone, anywhere in the nation, can call (800) 273-8255 to reach a local crisis line . 

Third Level Crisis Center

Open 24 hours. Call anytime for help with anything!

(231) 922-4800 or (800) 442-7315
(231) 480-0292 (text M-F 11am-3pm)
3785 Veterans Drive, Traverse City

All calls are free and confidential. Caller-ID is only accessed if you or someone you know is in immediate danger.

We’re here for you.

If you have any questions, need help, or are in crisis, please call Third Level anytime at (800) 442-7315. 

Trained, compassionate counselors are available RIGHT NOW to help you understand, cope with, and recover from crisis and challenge, no matter what that may look like for you. We will listen, talk with you, help problem solve, work with you to ease your pain, find ways for you to cope, and connect you with resources for continued help. 

Third Level is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days each year. Call or stop by anytime to talk.

We respect your privacy. All calls are free and confidential. We only access caller-id if someone is in danger.

(800) 442-7315
3785 Veterans Drive, Traverse City

*(231) 480-0292

*Text M-F, 11am-3pm. Standard texting rates may apply.

About Suicide in the US

Suicide is a problem that cuts through every culture, every race, every social class and income level.  It is the eleventh leading cause of death in the US, and the third leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 15 and 24 (AAS).  Every 15.2 minutes, someone will end their life by suicide.

Over the past 40 years, researchers have been looking the warning signs of someone at risk of suicide and what helps a person at risk. It is clear that therapy, in conjunction with medical treatment, offers hope and help to many.

What To Look For

There are many warning signs that a person at risk of suicide might display to let people around them know that something is wrong, that help is needed.  This list is not all inclusive. Please keep in mind that many times, there are no warning signs. However, if someone is showing the signs below, please encourage them to seek help or offer to find help together.

Call Third Level at any time for help talking to a loved one.
(800) 442-7315

A person who is thinking about suicide may exhibit one or more warning signs that follow the mnemonic “IS PATH WARM”:

I     Ideation > Expressed or communicated ideation:

  • Threatening to hurt or kill him/herself, or talking of wanting to hurt or kill him/herself;
  • Looking for ways to kill him/herself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means; or
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide, when these actions are out of the ordinary.

S     Substance Abuse > Increased substance (alcohol or drug) use.


P     Purposelessness > No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life.

A     Anxiety > Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time.

T     Trapped > Feeling trapped (like there’s no way out).

H     Hopelessness > Discouraged, no sense of hope.


W    Withdrawal > Withdrawal from friends, family, and society.

A     Anger > Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge.

R     Recklessness > Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking.

M    Mood Change > Dramatic mood changes.

These warning signs were derived as a consensus from a meeting of internationally renowned clinical researchers held under the auspices of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) in Wellesley, MA in November 2003.

It is important to remember that for every person who loses their life to suicide, there are people left behind with many questions and feelings as a result of this one action. The AAS estimates that every suicide impacts an average of six people. This is a generalization, and each suicide can impact many, many people.  If you or someone you know is grieving the loss of a person to suicide please call Third Level or the NSPL for support.

We’re here for you

(800) 442-7315