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What are signs that a person is at risk of committing suicide?

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If you think that a friend or loved one might be suicidal, call a crisis hotline like 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). Always take it seriously. Signs that a person is at risk include:

  • Extreme hopelessness
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Talking a lot about death or suicide
  • Trying to get access to pills, firearms, or other possible means of suicide
  • Reckless behavior
  • Giving away belongings or saying goodbye

From: Suicidal Thoughts: Helping a Friend WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Mental Health Information Center: "Suicide Warning Signs."

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Understanding Suicidal Thinking."

CDC: "Preventing Suicide."

Suicidal Thoughts Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 22, 2018

SOURCES:

National Mental Health Information Center: "Suicide Warning Signs."

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Understanding Suicidal Thinking."

CDC: "Preventing Suicide."

Suicidal Thoughts Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 22, 2018

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