Recognizing the Signs

Below are some helpful insights and ways to recognize if you or a loved one, friend or acquaintance could use some extra attention or help from a professional. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or is at risk in dangerous situations, use the resources below to access help 24/7:

If you suspect someone may be considering suicide,

Learn What to Watch For:

  1. Recognize the warning signs to suicide in those around you. This includes listening and looking for:

An increase in substance use; isolation or withdrawal from support network
A significant change in behavior, especially after a loss, trauma, or life transition
Reckless behavior
Insomnia or sleeping too much
Giving away personal belongings
Calling/writing to people to say goodbye
Researching or looking for ways to die
Aggressiveness and rage
Depression
Irritability/anger
Humiliation/embarrassment
Decreased involvement in activities and hobbies
Anxiety
Talk of severe hopelessness or being a burden to other people
Expressing pain and not having any reasons to live
Expressing suicidal ideation that the individual wants to kill themselves 

2.     Be willing to listen in a non-judgmental manner.

3.     Offer hope that there are options for getting help.

4.     Seek support from others who can provide resources or treatment.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or is at risk for suicide, use these resources below to access help 24/7:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 press 1

Crisis Chat for online emotional support: crisischat.org

Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741

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