There is one suicide death in the US every 11.5 minutes. The impact this type of loss has on loved ones, friends and the community is devastating. Know the warning signs and get involved.
Suicide Warning Signs
It is important to know the warning signs of suicide. The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk of suicide.
- Wanting to die
- Feeling hopeless or having no purpose
- Feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain
- Being a burden to others
Changes in Behavior:
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Acting anxious, agitated, or reckless
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings
- Looking for a way to kill oneself
How to Help
If you have a feeling that someone may be at risk for suicide, it is important to ask directly about suicidal thoughts.
- Talk to them in private
- Listen to their story with no judgement
- Tell them you care about them
- Encourage/help them connect with available support:
- 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Call or text 988
- chat at 988lifeline.org
- local community services board
- primary care physician/therapist
There are many suicide prevention organizations that need support and volunteers. Here are just a few that could benefit from your assistance.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Suicide Prevention Resource Center