When You Feel You Can't Go On

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-Talk / 1-800-273-8255

Toll-free Nationwide USA
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Suicide Warning Signs
The demographics of suicide victims are diverse. Below are common warning signs to look out for:

A Person may be suicidal if he or she:
Talks about committing suicide

Has trouble eating or sleeping

Experiences drastic changes in behavior

Withdraws from friends and/or social activities

Loses interest in hobbies, work, school, etc.

Makes out a will and final arrangements

Gives away prized possessions

Has attempted suicide in the past

Takes unnecessary risks

Has had recent severe losses

Is preoccupied with death and dying

Loses interest in their personal appearances

Increases the use of alcohol or drugs

What you can do:

Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of factly about suicide.

Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.

Be non-judgmental. Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong,
or feelings are good or bad. Don’t lecture on the value of life.

Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.

Don’t dare him or her to do it.

Don’t act shocked. This will put distance between you.

Don’t be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.

Offer hope that alternatives are available, but do not offer glib reassurance.

Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.

Get help from persons or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

*Information for this fact sheet was compiled from the American Association of Suicidology.