Suicide Prevention

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has found that an average of 112 Americans commit suicide every day, and it is the second most prevalent cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 24.

Signs and Symptoms

The behaviors listed below may be signs that someone is thinking about suicide.

    • Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves
    • Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no reason to live
    • Making a plan or looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online, stockpiling pills, or buying a gun
    • Talking about great guilt or shame
    • Talking about feeling trapped or feeling that there are no solutions
    • Feeling unbearable pain (emotional pain or physical pain)
    • Talking about being a burden to others
    • Using alcohol or drugs more often
    • Acting anxious or agitated
    • Withdrawing from family and friends
    • Changing eating and/or sleeping habits
    • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
    • Taking great risks that could lead to death, such as driving extremely fast
    • Talking or thinking about death often
    • Displaying extreme mood swings, suddenly changing from very sad to very calm or happy
    • Giving away important possessions
    • Saying goodbye to friends and family
    • Putting affairs in order, making a will