Seek immediate help when you hear or see any one of these behaviors. Risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If someone you care about is showing any or a combination of the following behaviors, have them or help them call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 or text the CRISIS Line 741741.

If he or she is in immediate danger call 911. You could be saving his or her life!

  •   Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.

  •   Looking for a way to kill themselves, 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.

  •   Unexplained irritability.

  •   Sleeping too little or too much.

  •   Withdrawing from activities or isolating themselves from family and/or friends.

  •   Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.

  •   Displaying extreme mood swings.

  •   Visiting or calling people to say good-bye.

  •   Giving away prized possessions.

  •   Depressed or anxious mood.

  •   Feelings of humiliation, and/or shame.

Source: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention