Every day friends, family, and loved ones struggle with emotional pain, and for some, these feelings may turn into thoughts of suicide. Feeling depressed, angry, or suicidal can be a natural reaction to some of life’s challenges. These feelings don’t define a person, but are very important to recognize and create a safety plan around. California’s Know the Signs Campaign has a lot of great resources to help families and friends recognize the signs, find the words to say, and reach out to additional resources.
If any of the signs below are present, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. You don’t have to be suicidal yourself to call this hotline, they also provide resources and support for family and friends.
- Talking about death or suicide
- Seeking methods for self-harm, such as searching online or obtaining a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
Below is a list of some possible warning signs to check in with your loved one for possible suicide risk.