Suicide Warning Signs

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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.

THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR:

  • 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

Get Help Now

If you or someone you care about is in crisis:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-8255
or Text HEARME to 839863
Free • Confidential
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741
Free 24/7 support

Ventura County Crisis Team
1-866-998-2243
24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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

Emergency: Call 911

Suicide Prevention App: My3App.org

Local Resources
Call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898211
www.211ventura.org

ADDITIONAL RISK FACTORS

  • 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 How to Help

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Suicide prevention resources
www.afsp.org
1-888-333-AFSP (2377)

Know the Signs
Learn the warning signs – Find the words – Reach out
www.suicideispreventable.org

safeTALK Suicide Alertness Classes
Free, 3-hour training sessions for schools
Click here to learn more.