Be the one to help save a life

We can all take action to prevent suicide.

Suicide prevention

If you or someone you know is in crisis, use one of the following options:

  • Call or text 988 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
  • Or call 911 immediately.

World Suicide Prevention Day is observed each year to help raise awareness around suicide and suicide prevention. Suicide is complicated and tragic, and it is preventable.

COVID-19 and mental health

The COVID-19 pandemic has had lasting effects on our collective mental health. In a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30% of adults reported having symptoms of anxiety or depression, compared to just 10% in 2019. And as we’ve adjusted to our new normal, these feelings may still persist. Anxiety and depression are common risk factors for suicide, among others. Knowing the warning signs for suicide, and how to get help, can save lives.

Know the warning signs

The subject of suicide can carry a heavy stigma, which often makes it a taboo topic. That’s why it’s so important to understand, recognize and talk about the warning signs:

  • 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 their use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

According to the CDC, more than half of people who have died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition. However, these individuals may have struggled with an undiagnosed condition, or one that was unknown to their loved ones. Many factors may contribute to suicide, including challenges to relationships, physical health, work, money, legal or housing stress, research from the CDC noted.

Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these signs, seek help as soon as possible.

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