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 988.  Your call will be directed to a local crisis center where a trained counselor will answer.  All calls are free and confidential.