Look for the Warning Signs:

  • A tendency toward isolation and social withdrawal

  • Increasing substance abuse

  • Expression of negative attitudes toward self

  • Expression of hopelessness or helplessness

  • Loss of interest in usual sources of pleasure

  • Giving away valued possessions

  • Expression of a lack of future orientation: “It won‘t matter soon anyway.”

For someone who has been very depressed, when that depression begins to lift, the individual
may be at INCREASED risk of suicide, as she may now have the psychological energy to follow-
through on suicidal ideation

If you or someone you care about is showing any of these signs, please do not hesitate to pick
up the phone to speak with a trained counselor.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide or are experiencing another emotional
crisis, you may call:

1-800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
How you can help someone you suspect is Suicidal:
  • LISTEN a common complaint made by teens and adults is that they are not understood
    by others, not taken seriously and that no one listens to them.

  • ACCEPT the person’s feelings as they are. Do not try to cheer the person up by making
    positive, unrealistic statements.

  • DO NOT BE AFRAID to talk about suicide directly. You will not be putting ideas into the
    person’s head. Most of the time the person has already experienced suicidal feelings. It
    is dangerous practice to avoid asking a person directly if they are feeling suicidal.

  • INQUIRE if they have developed a plan of suicide. The presence of a well-developed
    plan indicates a more serious intent.

  • REMIND the person that feelings of depression do change with time.

  • EXPRESS your care for the person and your hope that he/she will not choose suicide
    but instead choose to stick it out a little longer.


  • DEVELOP A PLAN for helping the person. If you cannot develop a plan and a suicide
    attempt is imminent, seek outside emergency intervention at a hospital, mental health
    clinic, or call your local Help Line.

  • POST The local 24-hour crisis line number by your office and home phones

  • If you or someone you know is considering suicide or are experiencing another
    emotional crisis, you may call:   1-800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK

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