Mental Health Guide
PREVENTING SUICIDE

Please call 911 if danger for self-harm seems imminent.

If you are having thoughts of suicide, you are not alone — no matter how much pain you are
experiencing.

Remember that emotions aren’t fixed, and how you feel today might not be the same as how
you feel tomorrow.

Take these immediate actions suggested by
HelpGuide :

  1. Promise not to do anything right now. Your thoughts do not have to become a reality.
  2. Avoid alcohol and drugs.
  3. Make your home safe by removing things you could use to hurt yourself.
  4. Don’t keep these thoughts to yourself. Reach out to someone you trust, and/or call the
    Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
  5. Remember that people do get through this. (Want to meet some survivors? Watch their
    stories here. )
You are valued and there are people who care about you and resources here to help
Helping A Loved One

Suicide prevention is all of our business. Oftentimes, if a person in crisis gets the professional help they
need, they will never be suicidal again.

If someone says they are thinking about suicide, they need professional help. Don’t play it down or
ignore the situation.

Encourage the person to call a suicide hotline number, such as the Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-
273-8255)
  • Encourage the person to seek treatment
  • Offer to help the person take steps to get support
  • Encourage them to communicate with you
  • Never promise to keep suicidal feelings a secret
  • Remove potentially dangerous items from the person’s home, if possible
More tips on supporting a person who is suicidal from Mayo Clinic
Warning Signs
  • Talking about suicide/wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to die by suicide (such as searching online or buying a
    gun)
  • Talking about feeling worthless
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Suddenly happier and calmer, especially after a period of depression
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Getting affairs in order/making arrangements
  • Increased alcohol/drug use
  • Preoccupation with death
Risk Factors
  • Depression diagnosis
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Family history of suicide
  • Loss of job/home/money
  • Death/terminal illness of a loved one
  • Divorce or loss major relationship
See more warning signs and risk factors for suicide from Prevent Suicide PA.

Worried About someone? Here’s What To Do
  • Ask if they are OK, and listen to them like a true friend
  • Tell them you are worried about them and they are not alone
  • Talk to a mental health professional about your concerns
Not sure who to reach out to for help? You can call the Suicide Prevention
Lifeline (
1-800-273-8255) and text the Crisis Text Line (741741) to talk
about your concerns for someone else.