Signs that someone may be at risk for suicide
The following signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. The risk of suicide is greater if a behavior is new or has increased, and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you, or someone you know, exhibits any of these signs, seek help as soon as possible.
- Calling 2nd Floor youth support line: 1-888-222-2228 (for youth)
- Calling Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- If you or someone you know is in immediate danger call 911 or UBHC Crisis Hotline 732-235-5700
Suicide Risk Factors
- Mental illness including depression, conduct disorders, and substance abuse.
- Family stress/dysfunction.
- Environmental risks, including presence of a firearm in the home.
- Situational crises (i.e., traumatic death of a loved one, physical or sexual abuse, family violence, etc.).
Suicide Warning Signs
- Suicidal threats in the form of direct and indirect statements.
- Suicide notes and plans.
- Prior suicidal behavior.
- Making final arrangements (e.g., making funeral arrangements, writing a will, giving away prized possessions).
- Preoccupation with death.
- Changes in behavior, appearance, thoughts and/or feelings.
- Talking about feelings of hopelessness or having no reason to live.
- Talking about feeling trapped.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs.
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
- Sleeping too much or too little.
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings.
What You Can Do
- Remain calm
- Ask the person directly if he or she is thinking about suicide.
- Focus on your concern for their wellbeing and avoid being accusatory.
- Reassure them that there is help and they will not feel like this forever.
- Do not judge.
- Provide constant supervision. Do not leave them alone.
- Remove means for self-harm.
- Get help; use your resources – school, religious, community, health