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Warning Signs of Suicide:

Learning the warning signs of suicide is a huge part of preventing a crisis.

Know the signs:

Putting affairs in order
Giving away possessions
Sudden mood changes
No sense of purpose
Feeling hopeless, desperate, trapped
Changes in sleep
Reckless behavior
Increased alcohol or drug use
Talking about wanting to die or suicide

Although emotional ups and downs are normal, sometimes a person who is suicidal gives certain signs or hints that something is wrong. Knowing these major warning signs can help you connect someone you care about to support if they need it - even if that person is yourself.

Have you or someone you know felt...?

Unimportant | Trapped | Hopeless | Overwhelmed | Unmotivated | Alone | Irritable | Impulsive | Suicidal
Do you or someone you know...?

• Not care about their future: "It won't matter soon anyway."
• Put themselves down - and think they deserve it: "I don't deserve to live. I suck."
• Express hopelessness: "Things will never get better for me."
• Say goodbye to important people: "You're the best friend I've ever had. I'll miss you."
• Have a specific plan for suicide: "I've thought about how I'd do it."
• Talk about feeling suicidal: "LIfe is so hard. Lately I've felt like ending it all."
Have you or someone you know been...?

• Using drugs or alcohol more than usual
• Acting differently than usual
• Giving away their most valuable possessions
• Losing interest in their favorite things to do
• Admiring people who have died by suicide
• Planning for death by writing a will or letter
• Eating or sleeping more or less than usual
• Feeling more sick, tired or achy than usual
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you are not alone.

If you recognize these signs in someone you know, encourage them to ask for help. If they need support and they are under 25, empower them to call the Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386 to talk with a trained volunteer counselor. Trevor is there 24/7 - that means all day and night, every weekend, and every holiday.

If someone is over 25, the can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or the GLBT National Help Center at 1-800-246-7743.