Suicide Prevention Task Force - Suicide Warning Signs

Suicide Warning Signs
These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if a behavior is new or has recently increased in frequency or intensity, and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change.
  • Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated, or behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
  • Suddenly happier and calmer, especially after a period of sadness talkline-spanish
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Getting affairs in order, making arrangements
  • Preoccupation with death
How Can I Help Someone In Crisis
  • If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide:
  • Take it seriously.
  • 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 see professional help immediately
  • If it is a crisis, do not leave the person alone
  • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
  • Call Local Crisis Support the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK, or 9-1-1
  • Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
  • Offer encouragement and support after the crisis