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SAMHSA News - November/December 2007, Volume 15, Number 6


Suicide Warning Signs

People should seek help by contacting a mental health professional or calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK if they have any of the following behaviors or emotions:

  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself

  • Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means

  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person

  • Feeling hopeless

  • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge

  • Acting recklessly or engaging in risky activities seemingly without thinking

  • Feeling trapped, like there is no way out

  • Increasing alcohol or drug use

  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society

  • Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep, or sleeping all the time

  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes

  • Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life.

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