Know the warning signs, learn to recognize “invitations”, and find out what to look for, listen for, and say.

If someone uses an invitation like:

  • “It doesn’t matter anymore because I won’t be here anyway.”

You respond:

  • “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.

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.


  • 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.