Warning Signs

Seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK if you or someone you know exhibits any of the following signs:

•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
•Feeling hopeless
•Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
•Acting recklessly or engaging in risky activities – seemingly without thinking
•Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out
•Increasing alcohol or drug use
•Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
•Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
•Experiencing dramatic mood changes
•Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life


 The American Association of Suicidology offers this mnemonic to remember the warning signs of someone who is suicidal:     IS PATH WARM


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