Know the warning signs and learn to recognize “invitations”. What to look and listen for, what to say.
Someone uses an invitation like:
- “It doesn’t matter anymore because I won’t be here anyway.”
- “What do you mean you won’t be here? Are you thinking of suicide?”
- “Sometimes when people feel as you do they consider suicide, is that something you’re thinking of as well?”
Then, show someone you care:
- Express genuine concern for their welfare and share your hope that things will improve with help.
Take IMMEDIATE ACTION if someone is:
- Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
- Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
- Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
Bring the individual to the Emergency Department or call 9-1-1. Do not leave the individual alone.
If you or someone you know exhibits any of the signs, seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional at 2-1-1 or by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.