Recognizing Suicide Warning Signs in Others
People who are thinking about suicide may not know they are depressed. Certain thoughts, feelings, and actions can be signals that let you know a person may need help. Watch for these warning signs of suicide.
Threats or talk of suicide
Buying a gun or other weapon
Statements such as “I won't be a problem much longer” or “Nothing matters”
Giving away items they own, making out a will, or planning their funeral
Suddenly being happy or calm after being depressed
To Be Sure, Ask
If you think a person you care about could be suicidal, ask, “Have you thought about suicide?” Most people will tell you the truth. If they say “yes,” they may already have a plan for how and when they will attempt it. Find out as much as you can. The more detailed the plan, and the easier it is to carry out, the more danger the person is in right now.
For More Information
Contact a local mental health clinic or the following:
National Institute of Mental Health
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Mental Health America
National Suicide Hotline
In an emergency
Call 911 or a 24-hour suicide crisis hotline 800-273-8255. You can also get help at the closest hospital emergency room (ER).