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What can YOU do?

If your friend has a suicide plan, do not leave them alone. Get help from professionals. Remove all weapons or stockpiled pills.

Alert important adults in your friends life - family, friends, clergy. Do so even if your friend asks you not to tell anyone.

YOU MAY BE SAVING A LIFE.

GET HELP
24 HOUR HELP LINE
800.273.TALK(8255)

LOOK FOR WARNING SIGNS

When people face serious problems or emotional pain, they sometimes turn to thoughts of suicide. If you or someone you know is thinking of talking about suicide, take it seriously. Read on to find out how you can help yourself or a friend.

  • Talking about suicide or making a plan.

  • Obsessing about death.

  • Writing poems, essays, or drawings that refer to death.

  • Sleeping or eating too much or too little.

  • Giving away treasured belongings.

  • Withdrawing from friends and activities.

  • Losing interest in personal appearance.

  • Showing extreme changes in behavior or personality.

  • Taking unnecessary risk.

SUICIDE IS FOREVER

  • Suicide is never the answer to a problem. It's hard to see alternatives when you are in crisis, but they do exist.

  • Most people who consider suicide do not want to die - they want their pain to go away. Pain can be helped in other ways.

  • Life's painful times do not last forever, even if it feels like they will.

  • Having suicidal thoughts is nothing to be ashamed of. It is something to get help for.

How can YOU help?

If you think a friend is suicidal, take it seriously. Here are things you can do to help:

  • Let him or her know you care.

  • Listen to your friends feelings.

  • Listen non-judgmentally. Don't act shocked.

  • Ask,"Are you thinking about hurting yourself? Have you made a plan?"

  • Encourage your friend to seek help. Say things like,"I know where we can get some help. Let's call the crisis line right now."