by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

American Foundation for Suicide PreventionPeople who kill themselves exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or do. The more warning signs, the greater the risk.

Learn these warning signs and how to help those who need it.
Find help here.

Talk: If a person talks about

  • Killing themselves.
  • Having no reason to live.
  • Being a burden to others.
  • Feeling trapped.
  • Unbearable pain.

Behavior: A person’s suicide risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased, especially if it’s related to a painful event, loss, or change.

  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means.
  • Acting recklessly.
  • Withdrawing from activities.
  • Isolating from family and friends.
  • Sleeping too much or too little.
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye.
  • Giving away prized possessions.
  • Aggression.

Mood: People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of interest
  • Rage
  • Irritability
  • Humiliation

Find Help Fast

  • In an emergency, call 911.
  • Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area at any time (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline).
  • If you are outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of international resources.

Where to go: Psychiatric hospital walk-in clinic; hospital emergency room; urgent care center or clinic

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