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Suicide Prevention

Every 45 Seconds, we lose someone to suicide.

700,000 people die by suicide globally each year

Below are supports and resources. If you or anyone you know is struggling, reach out today.

You matter.


Common Warning Signs of Suicide

  • Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves

  • Talking about feeling empty or hopeless or having no reason to live

  • Talking about being a burden to others

  • Withdrawing from family and friends

  • Giving away important possessions

  • Saying goodbye to friends and family

  • Putting affairs in order, such as making a will

  • Displaying extreme mood swings, suddenly changing from very sad to very calm or happY

  • Using alcohol or drugs more often

  • Acting anxious or agitated

  • Changing eating or sleeping habits

5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain

1. ASK: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question, but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.

2. KEEP THEM SAFE: Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the at-risk person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means can make a difference.

3. BE THERE: Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling. Research suggests acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce rather than increase suicidal thoughts

4. HELP THEM CONNECT: Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s (1-800-273-TALK (8255)) and the Crisis Text Line’s number (741741) in your phone, so it’s there when you need it. You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional

5. STAY CONNECTED: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433)

Crisis Text Line: Text “DESERVE” TO 741-741

Lifeline Crisis Chat (Online live messaging):

TransLifeline: – 877-565-8860

Emergency: 911

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