Being aware of signs may help you identify someone is at risk for suicide. If you see any of these signs in you or someone you know, get help and have hope! What seems unbearable and hopeless right now CAN get better. GET HELP.
- Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness.
- Wanting to end it all.
- Giving away important possessions.
- Drop in performance. (school, work, etc.)
- Loss of interest in things previously enjoyed.
- Suffering a significant loss.
- Very low self-esteem.
- Restlessness or sleeplessness.
- Unexplained peaceful calm or dramatic mood changes after a severe depression. (The person may have decided suicide is the answer)
- Threatening suicide, talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
- Overwhelming legal or financial problems.
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
Ways to Help
PAY ATTENTION listen carefully. Don’t try to cheer the person up at this point or offer quick solutions.
ACCEPT what the person says he or she is feeling WITHOUT JUDGING. Don’t say “Oh, you shouldn’t feel this way!” That won’t help.
ACT CALM even if you feel anxious. If you act shocked or agitated, your friend may feel ashamed and uncomfortable and refuse to talk to you further.
ASSURE your friend or family member that sometimes everyone feels hurt or depressed, even hopeless, that you understand, and that they are not alone.
SEEK HELP don’t try to cope with this alone. Encourage your friend or family member to get help from a mental health professional. If the person is seriously considering suicide, DO NOT LEAVE them alone. Stay with them and contact a resource listed on this website.
If You Are Considering Suicide, Remember:
If you have strong suicidal feelings, get help immediately.
• Wood County Crisis Hotline 419-502-HOPE - offers help 24/7
• Children’s Resource Center (under 18 years old) 1-888-466-5437 or 419-352-7588 – offers help 24/7
• The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-276-8255 (TALK)
• Strong suicidal feelings are life-threatening health conditions. GET HELP.
• Hopelessness is often a sign of depression, a treatable problem (NOT a sign of personal failure). GET HELP.
• Suicide deaths cause a lifetime of pain for surviving family members and friends. GET HELP.
• Tell your feelings to a friend, family member, health care professional or someone you trust. GET HELP.
To a depressed person, painful feelings often seem as if they’ll last forever. But a little time, and professional intervention, can make a dramatic difference. Hopelessness can lift and life can be good again. You can say this to the hurting person with confidence, because it’s true. It has happened for countless others who are now glad they’re alive.