Ask yourself the following questions. Have they shown or shared any of the following:
Talk about wanting to die, be dead, or about suicide, or are they cutting or burning themselves?
Feeling like things may never get better, seeming like they are in terrible emotional pain (like something is wrong deep inside but they can’t make it go away), or they are struggling to deal with a big loss in their life?
Is your gut telling you to be worried because they have withdrawn from everyone and everything, have become more anxious or on edge, seem unusually angry, or just don’t seem normal to you?
Some ethnic groups and races are at higher risk. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), Non-Hispanic Whites and Native Americans had the highest rates of suicide in 2015, while Non-Hispanic African Americans, Asian and Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics had lower rates. Cultural and social risks include:
A history of mental health disorders, particularly depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, place an individual at a higher risk for suicidal behavior. Other risks include:
A job loss or financial loss can set off a sequence of emotional events that put an individual at greater risk for suicide. Other environmental risks include:
Whether they are an adult/older adult or a youth, there are things that you can do to help:
Ask them if they are okay and listen to them like a true friend.
Tell them you are worried and concerned about them and that they are not alone.
Talk to a mental health professional about your concerns or go to additional resources on this page.