The Major Warning Signs of Suicide


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

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