conversation for some nonjudgmental fact-finding.
3. They’re suddenly a daredevil.
Are they taking more risks than they used to? Are you noticing them participating in dangerous, harmful or reckless activities? If you’re noticing behavior that could hurt them, including substance abuse, it’s time to speak up.
4. Saying “goodbye.”
This may seem obvious, but often calls or visits to say “goodbye” are dismissed by others as being peculiar but not alarming.
If you experience calls like this or see similar posts on social media bidding farewell, reach out to professionals for help right away.
Giving away favorite belongings may also be an indicator they have given up on life and are preparing to take drastic actions. Call the suicide prevention hotline below for information about how to talk about your concerns.
5. There’s a history of or recent increase in risk factors.
Certain situations or conditions can increase the risk of suicide, including a family history of suicide or abuse as a child.
It’s also important to consider if your friends or loved ones are suffering from a significant loss (job or family), physical illness, mental disorder (including depression), substance abuse or impulsive behavior. These and other risk factors may serve as an alert to keep a watchful eye and ear open.
If you are concerned someone is considering trying to commit suicide, help is available 24/7 by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
For more information about National Suicide Prevention Week and resources, visit The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.