Suicide Warning Signs


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If you or someone you care about is in crisis:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Free • Confidential
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Crisis Text Service:
Text the word "HEARME" to the number 839863.

Veterans Crisis Line:
Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Ventura County Crisis Team:
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Emergency: Call 911

Suicide Prevention App:

Local resources: Call 2-1-1, visit or text your zip code to 898211.

Learn to help prevent suicide:

safeTALK Suicide Alertness Classes:
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Click here to learn more.

Suicide warning signs are not always obvious. Some people make their intentions clear, while others keep suicidal thoughts and feelings secret. That’s why it’s important to listen carefully and pay attention to what people say.


  • Talking or writing about suicide. Making statements such as, “I’m going to kill myself,” “I wish I was dead,” or “I am just so tired of life”.
  • Using strong words like “nothing”, “everything”, “always”, “never” more often.
  • Buying guns or knives, or stockpiling pills
  • Withdrawing from social contact
  • Severe mood swings
  • Thinking constantly about death, dying or violence
  • Depression or a sense of hopelessness
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Changing normal routine, including eating and sleeping patterns
  • Doing risky or self-destructive things, such as using drugs or driving recklessly
  • Giving away belongings or getting affairs in order
  • Saying goodbye to people as if for the last time


  • Stress over school, relationships, expectations
  • Previous suicide attempts — almost half of teens who commit suicide had made previous attempts
  • Family history of abuse, suicide or violence
  • A recent loss such as a death, break-up or parents’ divorce
  • Being bullied or being a bully; Cyber bullying
  • An estimated 75% to 90% of adolescent suicide deaths are associated with mental illness
  • LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) are 4 times more likely to make a suicide attempt than their peers

Learn more, including warning signs that are specific to teens and older adults at Know the Signs: