Warning Signs

It’s critical that you know the warning signs and behaviors that could indicate someone is thinking about ending their life. If you, or anyone you know, are experiencing any of these behaviors, seek immediate help from the resources provided.

Signs of crisis

Call 9-1-1, or seek immediate help when you hear or see any one of these behaviors:

  • Someone threatening to hurt or kill himself

  • Someone looking for ways to kill himself: seeking access to weapons, pills, or other means

  • Someone talking or writing about suicide, or about death and dying

Signs of concern

Seek help by calling (888) 724-7240 for a referral if you witness, hear or see anyone exhibiting any one or more of these behaviors:

  • Hopelessness

  • Rage, anger, seeking revenge

  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking

  • Feeling trapped—like there’s no way out

  • Increasing alcohol or drug use

  • Withdrawing from friends, family or society

  • Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep, or sleeping all the time

  • Dramatic mood changes

  • No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life

Source: Suicide Prevention Resource Center, www.sprc.org