11 warning signs of suicide, and 4 things you can do to help

Connecting Vets
September 20, 2018 - 11:03 am
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

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How do you know when your loved one needs help?  Recognizing the warning signs can help determine if someone is a risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or may be related to a painful event or loss.  You could be the difference that saves your friend's life.

Warning signs of suicide that you should watch out for:

  • 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 recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

What you can do to help:

  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
  • Call the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline | Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-TALK (8255)  or text 838255
  • Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional

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