Suicide is sometimes an option that some people see as their only hope for relief from sadness or despair - don't let it be your last resort.
What is suicide?
Suicide is the act of taking your own life on purpose, often as a result of depression, stress or substance abuse. Suicide is sometimes perceived as a way for people to escape pain or suffering. The reality of suicide or attempted suicide can be complex, but there are often warning signs.
- If a person talks about sadness and hopelessness
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Withdrawing from activities
- Isolating from family and friends
What can I do?
If you are feeling suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 or text “listen” to 839863. Talk to a trusted friend or family member who can get you the help you need.
If you know someone who may be suicidal, talk openly with them and express your concern. Offer help and encourage them to speak with a mental health service or doctor.