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Suicide Prevention

If you need help, call the suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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We can all play a pivotal role in preventing suicide by learning to recognize the signs and symptoms:

  • Displaying extreme mood swings
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves

View more information about the warning signs of suicide (PDF).

Learn How to Help

  • Change your language. The word "committed" is often a negative term. So say, "lost to suicide."
  • Everyone can play a role in suicide prevention.


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Be The One To

  • Ask the Tough Questions: "Are you thinking about killing yourself?"
  • Keep Them Safe: Ask if they have thought about ways to do it. Separate them from anything they are thinking of using to hurt themselves.
  • Be There: Listen to their reasons for feeling in pain. Listen without judgment and with empathy.
  • Help Them Connect: Help your loved one to connect to a support system like 1-800-273-8255
  • Follow up: Making contact in the days or weeks after a crisis can make the difference in keeping your friend or loved one alive.
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