*In the event of and emergency, please call 911*
When someone is at an increased risk of suicide, it is crucial to have increased support from family and friends. When people are having thoughts of suicide, they often feel like a burden to their loved ones, so ongoing expressions of care and concern are vital.
Keep the environment safe:
SECURE ACCESS TO LETHAL MEANS:
Remove access to things that someone could use to cause harm or kill oneself:
Having the urge to self-harm or end your life is a terrible feeling. It is important to remind yourself that the feeling will not last forever. The best way to get through the intense urges is to distract yourself. Distracting yourself from the urges will help you to pass the time and stay safe. Below is a list of ideas to help distract you:
Warning signs indicate that someone may be in danger of suicide, either immediately or in the near future. Warning signs can differ by age, group, culture, and individual. The American Association of Suicidology has compiled the following lists of common warning signs and risk factors for suicide.
Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools
American Academy of Pediatrics: COVID-19 and Adolescent Depression and Suicide Risk Screening Outcomes
American Academy of Pediatrics: Social Media and Its Impact on Adolescents
Depression Signs & Symptoms