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Need help now?  Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255
Need Help Now? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 1.800.273.8255

Concerned about someone?

Concerned about someone?

 TAKE IT SERIOUSLY

  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1.800.273.8255) with the person you are concerned about
  • Go to a local hospital emergency department with the person you are concerned about
  • Call 911; identify yourself and explain your concern

RISK FACTORS FOR SUICIDE

  • Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety & certain personality disorders
  • Alcohol & substance use disorders
  • Hopelessness
  • Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
  • History of trauma
  • Major physical illness
  • Family history of attempted or completed suicide
  • Job or financial loss
  • Loss of relationship
  • Access to lethal methods of suicide during a time of increased risk

WARNING SIGNS FOR SUICIDE

  • Talking about suicide or a wish to die
  • Talking about feeling trapped, desperate, or needing to escape from an intolerable situation
  • Feelings of being a burden to others
  • Losing interest in things, or losing the ability to experience pleasure
  • Becoming socially isolated and withdrawn
  • Acting irritable or agitated
  • Showing rage, or talking about seeking revenge for being victimized or rejected, whether or not the situations the person describes seem real

ENCOURAGE PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING 

  • Call your local crisis line, 2-1-1, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1.800.273 .8255) for resources in your community
  • If the person of concern has medical insurance, check to see what providers are covered by their plan
  • Go with the person of concern to their first counseling appointment
  • Don’t tell person of concern to “just get over it” or “stop being dramatic”​