Warning Signs of Suicide

  • Talking about suicide, wanting to die
  • Talking about feeling worthless, hopeless, or having no reason to live
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Suddenly happier and calmer, especially after a period of sadness
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Getting affairs in order, making arrangements
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Acting anxiously or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

What to do

  • Take it seriously.  Act NOW
  • Tell the person why you are concerned
  • Don’t be afraid to ask if he/she is suicidal
  • Do not try to argue someone out of suicide
  • Encourage the person to seek professional help immediately
  • If is a crisis, don’t leave him/her alone
  • Remove firearms, medications, and other objects that could be used in an attempt
  • Take the person to the emergency room or call 9-1-1
  • Encourage and support after the crisis

There is hope

If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or alone, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  Your call will be directed to a local crisis center where a trained counselor will answer.  All calls are free and confidential.