Preventing Suicide - What to Do

Additional Tips for Keeping Yourself Safe

Do get professional help if you feel suicidal, but also keep in mind these suggestions to help keep from feeling suicidal and keeping yourself safe:

  • If you think you might act on suicidal thoughts, get rid of weapons and dangerous medications.
  • Get the treatment you need – for substance abuse, depression, or other problem that may be causing suicidal thinking.
  • Follow your treatment plan.
  • Set up your support network – start by talking to a friend or counselor.
  • Know your suicide warning signs.
  • Get outside in the sun or into nature for at least 30 minutes every day.
  • Talk with someone every day, preferably face to face.
  • Don’t skip meals.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Remember, suicidal feelings are temporary – don’t act impulsively. Take one step at a time and life will get better.

If you have been feeling suicidal but you aren't immediately thinking of hurting yourself:

  • Reach out to a close friend or loved one – even though you may not want to talk about your feelings.
  • Contact a minister, spiritual leader, or someone in your faith community.
  • Call a suicide crisis center hot line.
  • Make an appointment with your primary care doctor or other health care provider or mental health provider.

Remember, if suicidal thoughts are a problem for you or someone you know, help is available.