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This guide is about suicide and suicide prevention. There are resources for those who are depressed, considering suicide, and survivors of suicide.
Last Updated: Oct 9, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Warning Signs of Suicide

These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide.  Risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss or change.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • 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.
  • Withdrawn or feeling isolated.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.


About Suicide



      "Suicide is a tragic event with strong emotional repercussions for its survivors and for families of its victims. More than 36,000 people in the U.S. kill themselves every year, according to a 2010 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although most federally-funded suicide prevention programs focus on helping teenagers, recent years have seen a spike in rates among middle-aged people. Men seem to be especially at risk, and have nearly four times the suicide rate as women. There are also major disparities amongst ethnic and racial groups, with American Indian and Alaskan Natives being the highest risk groups."  Psychology Today


Suicide Prevention Hotlines

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Suicide Prevention Hotline in Spanish

1-800-273-TALK (press 2)

LGBT Youth Suicide Hotline


National Hopeline Network


National Youth Crisis Hotline

1-800-442-HOPE (4673)


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