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Pain isn't always obvious, but most suicidal people show some signs that they are thinking about suicide. If you see even one warning sign, step in or speak up. Take the time to learn what to do now, so you're ready to be there for a friend or loved one when it matters most. Here's what to look for:

  • Talking about wanting to die or suicide

  • Feeling hopeless, desperate, trapped

  • Giving away personal possessions

  • Putting affairs in order

  • Reckless behavior

  • Anger

  • Increased drug or alcohol use

  • Withdrawal

  • Anxiety or agitation

  • Changes in sleep

  • Sudden mood changes

  • No sense of purpose

"Are you thinking of ending your life?" Few phrases are as difficult to say to a loved one. But when it comes to suicide prevention, none are more important. Here are some ways to get the conversation started.

Start the Conversation

Mention the warning signs you are noticing.

Ask About Suicide

"Are you thinking about suicide?"


Express concern and reassure.

If you even see one warning sign, step in or speak up. You are not alone in helping someone in crisis. There are many resources available to assess, treat and intervene. Crisis lines, counselors, intervention programs and more are available to you, as well as to the person experiencing the emotional crisis.


If you think a person is suicidal, don't leave them alone. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline if you are in crisis or concerned about someone. Trained counselors are available 24-7 to offer support. 1.800.273.8255.


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