- Talking about or making plans for suicide
- Expressing hopelessness about the future
- Displaying severe/overwhelming emotional pain or distress
- Showing worrisome behavior, particularly in the presence of the warning signs above. Specifically, this includes significant:
- withdrawal from or change in social connections or situations
- changes in sleep (increased or decreased)
- anger or hostility that seems out of character or out of context
- recent increased agitation or irritability
(These warning signs apply to youth; warning signs that an adult (age 25+) is at risk are here.)
Show, Ask, Get help (SAG)
- Show you care. Take any threat or talk about suicide seriously. Start by telling the person you are concerned.
- I am worried about you because _____________. I want to help.
- Ask the question. Don't be afraid to ask if he or she is thinking about suicide or has a plan or method in mind.
- Are you thinking about suicide?
- Get help. Resist the temptation to "argue them out it." Instead, seek professional help and do not leave them alone.
- You are not alone. Let me help you find help.
- Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention advances innovative approaches to suicide prevention through policy change, professional training, campus- and school-based interventions, media outreach, and support for persons affected by suicide.
- Washington State Department of Health Suicide Prevention Newsletter, October-November 2015 (.pdf)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Information about the SUICIDE PREVENTION WORKS! grant