warning signs for suicide

If you’re worried a friend or family member is thinking about suicide, immediate action is critical.

suicide can be prevented

Most people who are suicidal show warning signs. Often those close to them are unaware of the significance of these signals or are unsure of what to do about them. There is no foolproof way to know for sure that a friend or family member is thinking about hurting themselves, but by recognizing warning signs and taking action, you can help.

While the topic of suicide may be triggering or uncomfortable for some, research shows that asking if someone is suicidal does not incite or increase thoughts of suicide. Having the conversation can be uncomfortable, but it could also save a life.

these warning signs of suicide demand IMMEDIATE attention

  • Threats to hurt oneself, or talking about wanting to hurt oneself
  • Talking or writing about suicide or death, when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
  • Obtaining or looking for ways to hurt oneself by seeking access to means of suicide
  • Giving away prized possessions and other personal things

what to do

If you notice these signs in yourself or a friend, you should immediately call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Go to an emergency room or mental health walk-in clinic. Make sure you are not alone until professional help arrives, and be sure that any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt are removed.

are you in crisis?

Text “Brave” to 741-741 to the Crisis Text Line or call/text 988 to reach the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
Both provide free 24/7 support.

Also see the Crisis Information: Get Help Now page for additional crisis resources.