Suicide warning signs

To raise awareness and help save the lives of those thinking about suicide, it is important to understand and recognize the warning signs. Suicide is preventable, and we all play an important role. Learn how to identify the signs, start a dialogue and take action.

The warning signs

If you notice these behaviors, reach out for help immediately. You could be the difference in getting someone the support they need:

  • Acts agitated or reckless
  • Can’t think clearly or see a way out
  • Doesn’t see a future without pain and sadness
  • Feels overwhelmed, helpless, hopeless or out of control
  • Gives away belongings
  • Has extreme changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Loses interest in things they previously enjoyed
  • Not able to think of things to live for
  • Seeks means to attempt suicide
  • Talks or writes about wanting to die
  • Uses alcohol or other drugs
  • Withdraws from loved ones and activities


Dos and don’ts

If you feel someone you know is at risk for suicide, it can be difficult to know what to do or say. The following guidelines can help you navigate the conversation:

  • Do ask questions, listen and use active eye contact
  • Do reach out for professional support
  • Do show interest and make yourself available
  • Do speak openly in matter-of-fact language
  • Do take action to ensure their safety and stability
  • Do choose your timing carefully
  • Do think about what you want to say ahead of time
  • Don’t act shocked or confused
  • Don’t be judgmental
  • Don’t lecture them about right and wrong
  • Don’t encourage them to do it
  • Don’t keep your concerns to yourself



Suicide prevention hotlines

Reach out today for free, confidential support. Qualified counselors are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Crisis Hotline

(330) 452-6000

Crisis Text Line

Text 4hope to 741741

Homeless Hotline

(330) 452-4363

Military & Veterans Crisis Line

1 (800) 273-8255, press 1

Military & Veterans Crisis Text Line

Text 838255

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)

Trevor Project (for LGBTQ+ youth)

1 (866) 488-7386