What can you do?
Suicide is preventable.
Suicide is a tragic incident in which a person dies by self directed injury with intent to die. Its a terrible thing that people feel the need to harm themselves, but it can be prevented. One of the first steps is recognizing the signs.
Someone might be considering suicide if:
- They talk about wanting to die, feeling hopeless, feeling trapped, being a burden
- They are looking for ways to kill oneself
- There is an increase in their use of alcohol and/or drugs
- They are acting anxious/agitated or with reckless behavior
- They are sleeping too little or too much
- THey are withdrawing/ feeling isolated
- They are showing rage or are wanting to seek revenge
- They have extreme mood swings
How to Help
When discussing suicide:
- Be direct
- Show your support
- Be willing to listen and be accepting
- Don't dare the person or act shocked
- Do not be judgmental
- Be aware of how they feel
Do NOT be secretive, even if the person asks you to. Getting help can save a life.
If someone is considering suicide, get help. Tell a counselor, teacher, or trusted adult about the situation. If the person needs someone to talk with, the suicide hotline is
1-800-273-TALK or IMAlive.org is a site where you can online chat with someone who will help. If the person is in real danger, get them to a hospital emergency room, psychiatric hospital walk-in, emergency room, or call 911.
Did you know...
- In 2008, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in America.
- That same year, someone died of suicide every 13.7 minutes in America.
- Between 1952 and 1995, the number of suicides in young adults nearly tripled.