Warning signs and what to do if you or a loved one are struggling …

Suicide Warning Signs
– Talking about wanting to die
– Looking for a way to kill oneself
– Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
– Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
– Talking about being a burden to others
– Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
– Acting anxious, agitated or reckless
– Sleeping too little or too much
– Withdrawing or feeling isolated
– Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
– Displaying extreme mood swings
The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be what causes a suicide.
What To Do
If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide:
– Do not leave the person alone
– Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
– Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
– Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
From the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention. Find more information at www.afsp.com.