What is suicide?
Suicide means causing yourself to die.
What should I do if I’m thinking about suicide or if I know someone who is?
Call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is available to anyone. All calls are confidential.
If you know someone who is considering suicide, do not leave him or her alone. Try to get your loved one to seek immediate help from his or her doctor or hospital emergency room, or call 911.
Remove any access he or she may have to guns or other potential tools for suicide, including medications.
Tell someone so they can help you. That someone can be any adult that you trust – parents, teachers, police officers, doctors, therapists.
What should I do if I need help?
Is suicide a big problem in the world?
Yes. According to the Jason Foundation, more teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza and chronic lung disease, combined.
Each day, in the U.S., there are an average of over 5,400 attempts by young people grades 7 – 12 to take their own life.
Frequently asked questions
Are there warning signs for suicide?
Yes, the following are common warning signs for people who are thinking about suicide:
- talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
- looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun
- talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- talking about being a burden to others
- increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
- sleeping too little or too much
- withdrawing or isolating themselves
- showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- displaying extreme mood swings
Do people who threaten suicide just want the attention?
No. People who threaten suicide should always be taken seriously. Helping people who say they are thinking about suicide may save their life.