New from 988: Warning Signs & Safety Plans


About 988

People can call or text 988 or chat for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a caring, trained counselor who can help.

988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress.

That could be:

Suicide Warning Signs for Youth

It’s time to take action if you notice these signs in family or friends:

  1. Talking about or making plans for suicide.
  2. Expressing hopelessness about the future.
  3. Displaying severe/overwhelming emotional pain or distress.
  4. Showing worrisome changes in behavior, particularly in combination with the warning signs above, including significant:
    • Withdrawal from or changing social connections/situations.
    • Changes in sleep (increased or decreased).
    • Anger or hostility that seems out of character or out of context.
    • Recent increased agitation or irritability

Suicide Warning Signs for Adults

Risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased, and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change.

  1. Talking about or making plans for suicide.
  2. Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
  3. Talking about being a burden to others.
  4. Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  5. Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  6. Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  7. Sleeping too little or too much.
  8. Withdrawing or feeling isolated.
  9. Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  10. Displaying extreme mood swings.

Safety Plans

Knowing the six steps to create a safety plan can demystify the process for people in need. This video walks through the safety plan steps so that people identify warning signs of crisis, coping strategies, and trusted resources.


If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat, or reach out to a mental health professional.

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