• If someone you know exhibits signs of suicide:

    • Do not leave the person alone
    • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
    • Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.8255
    • Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional


    Warning Signs of Suicide:

    • Talking about wanting to die
    • Looking for a way to kill oneself
    • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
    • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
    • Talking about being a burden to others
    • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
    • Acting anxious, agitated, or recklessly
    • Sleeping too little or too much
    • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
    • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
    • Displaying extreme mood swings

    The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk.  Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be what causes a suicide. 



    A: Ask - Do not be afraid to ask, “Are you thinking about hurting yourself?”

    I: Intervene - Take action, listen, and let the person know he or she is not alone

    D: Don't keep it a secret - Don’t promise confidentiality

    L: Locate help - Tell an adult

    I: Immediately - Do not wait to involve the adult immediately

    F: Be a Friend - Listen to your friend and offer hope

    E: Expedite - Get help NOW!