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Helping Someone in Need

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Suicidal Ideation does not present the same on each individual but many who are suicidal may present warning signs and in those cases intervention is a necessity. If you suspect someone you know is considering suicide speak up and let them know you are there for them and willing to aid in getting them the help they need.

If someone you know is exhibiting these signs it is important that it is addressed. If you or someone you know is in imminent danger please call emergency services or go to the nearest hospital.

Always take these warning signs seriously

  • Being aware and involved can and will save lives
  • Multiple risk factors together will increase the likelihood of suicidal behavior

 

Types of Warning Signs

  • Direct
    • “I’m going to kill myself”
    • “I wish I were dead”
    • “If (such and such) does not happen I’ll kill myself”
  • Indirect
    • “My family/friends would be better off without me”
    • “Nobody would care if I died”
    • “Pretty soon you won’t have to worry about me”
  • Depression
  • Substance use or dependence
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Feelings of hopelessness and loneliness, isolation
  • Feelings of being a burden to others
  • Ineffective coping strategies
  • Acquiring means
  • Risky behavior (impulsive)
  • School or Work Problems
  • Financial difficulties
  • Interpersonal difficulties or losses