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The warning signs of emotional pain or suicidal thoughts are not always obvious. 

Some signs to look for:

  • Talking about wanting to die or suicide
  • Feeling hopeless, desperate, or trapped
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Giving away possessions
  • Putting affairs in order
  • Reckless behavior
  • Anger
  • Increased drug or alcohol use
  • Withdrawn
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Sudden mood changes
  • No sense of purpose
  • Loss of interest in things once cared about
  • Visiting or calling loved ones to say goodbye

Knowing what to look for is the first step towards being there for a friend or family in need.  Together we can stop the stigma attached to suicide.  Asking someone about suicide will not “put the idea into their head” talking about suicide may lead them to getting help they need.

Starting a conversation about suicide:

“I have been feeling concerned about you lately.  Have you had thoughts about hurting yourself?”

“Recently, I noticed some differences and wondered how are you doing?”

“I wanted to check in with you because you haven’t seemed yourself lately”

What you can say that helps:

“You are not alone in this.”

“I’m here for you.”

“You may not believe it now, but the way your feeling will change.”

“I may not be able to understand exactly how you feel, but I care about you and want to help.”

“You are important”

“You matter to me”