Warning signs of suicide go beyond risk factors – they are evident in what people say and do. If there is a presence of warning signs, it is imperative to get yourself, or the individual displaying these warning signs, help immediately! Below you will find a list of potential warning signs of suicide.
How to Help Someone Showing Warning Signs
If someone you know is exhibiting warning signs and you feel they may be at risk for suicide, it is important to start the conversation with them.
Ask these questions:
“Do you ever feel so badly that you think about suicide?”
“Do you have a plan to take your own life?”
These questions will help determine if they are in immediate risk. (If they are in immediate risk, call 911 or take them to the ER, never leave them alone.) If they are having thoughts of suicide but have not made a plan or thought about method, help them locate a mental health professional and call to make an appointment as soon as possible. Consider offering to take them to their initial appointment. Follow up with them regularly and stay involved in their recovery process. Continue to be supportive, compassionate, and encouraging.
Source: Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition & National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
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