Over 70 percent of those who die by suicide gave warning signs:
- A previous attempt
- Talking or writing about death/suicide in direct/indirect ways
- Change of behavior
- Past and/or present substance abuse
- History of depression or suicide in the family
- Symptoms of Depression
What To Do When Someone May Be Suicidal
- Ask the person outright. Most experts now agree the risk of planting an idea of suicide is much less than the danger of keeping quiet.
- Take immediate steps to ensure safety. Eliminate access to firearms. Get the person to a physician and/or therapist.
- Enlist family and community support.
- Don’t leave the individual alone until help is in place.
- If you are 18 or under, tell a responsible adult, counselor, pastor or teacher.
- If you think someone is about to act, call a hotline for help. Do not hesitate to call the police. The goal is to interrupt the moment.
If you or someone you care about is at risk for suicide call:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK