Stop suicide! Know the signs

The following signs may indicate you or someone you know is at risk for suicide.

Suicide was the third leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24 and accounted for 14.4 percent of all deaths in 2009. While these numbers may make suicide seem common, it is important to realize that suicide and suicidal thoughts are not typical responses to stress.

The following signs may indicate you or someone you know is at risk for suicide. The risk for suicide is greater if 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
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

If you or someone you know exhibits any of these signs, seek help as soon as possible by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255). Seeking help is a sign of strength; if you are concerned, listen to your instincts and get help.

Veterans and their loved ones can call (800) 273-8255, option 1; chat online at www.veteranscrisisline.net; or send a text message to 838255.


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