Warning signs of suicide:

  • Talking about wanting to die

  • Looking for a way to kill oneself

  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose

  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain

  • Talking about being a burden to others

  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs

  • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly

  • Sleeping too little or too much

  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated

  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge

  • Displaying extreme mood swings

    The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be what causes a suicide.

    If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide:

  • Do not leave the person alone

  • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt

  • Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)

  • Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional



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