Warning Signs

  • Feeling trapped, desperate, or needing to escape from an intolerable situation
  • Having the feeling of being a burden to others
  • Feeling humiliated
  • Having intense anxiety and/or panic attacks
  • Losing interest in things, or losing the ability to experience pleasure
  • Insomnia
  • Becoming socially isolated and withdrawn from friends, family, and others
  • Acting irritable or agitated in a highly unusual manner
  • Showing rage, or talking about seeking revenge for being victimized or rejected, whether or not the situations the person describes seem real.
  • Talking about wanting to kill themselves, or saying they wish they were dead
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as hoarding medicine or buying a gun
  • Talking about a specific suicide plan
  • Consistently feeling hopeless or having no reason to live

Steps to Take When a Friend is Considering Suicide

  • Know the warning signs.
  • Don't handle the person alone.
  • Be direct with your questions about suicide.
  • Don't judge them.
  • Don't keep secrets.
  • Remove harmful objects.
  • Never leave the person alone.
  • Try to get them to a professional.
  • Call for help.

Steps to Approach a Friend With a Mental Health Challenge

  • Turn confrontation into conversation.
  • Approach a friend/family member in a familiar place.
  • Discuss the reasons they don't want to seek help.
  • Talk face to face.
  • Understand you're not a mental health professional.
  • Know the limits of not being able to help someone who doesn't want help.
  • Take care of your mental health while helping someone else.

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