Warning Signs for Suicide
Some behaviors may indicate that a person is at immediate risk for suicide.
The following three should prompt you to immediately call or text 988 (988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline) or call a mental health professional.
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
- Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or obtaining a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
Other behaviors may also indicate a serious risk—especially if the behavior is new; has increased; and/or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Call or text 988 or visit 988lifeline.org
The Lifeline is a 24-hour toll-free phone line for people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
An online chat option is also available.
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