Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Twice in my life I contemplated suicide---I thought it was the only way to stop my hurting. Thankfully, I found someone who would listen; and now, I am ready to help someone else. I am a proud supporter and participant of the safeTALK training program.
safeTALK is a half-day training in suicide alertness. It helps participants recognize a person with thoughts of suicide and connect them with resources who can help them in choosing to live. Participants don’t need any formal preparation to attend the training—anyone age 15 or older who wants to make a difference can learn the safeTALK steps. Join a training session near you today.
Warning signs are indicators that a person may be in acute danger and may urgently need help.
Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself; Looking for a way to kill oneself; Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose; Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain; Talking about being a burden to others;
Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs; Acting anxious, agitated, or reckless; Sleeping too little or too much; Withdrawing or feeling isolated; Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge; and Displaying extreme mood swings.
This list of Warning Signs for Suicide was developed by an expert review and consensus process that included SAVE’s Executive Director and was informed by a review of relevant research and literature. Additional information about the warning signs can be found in the following published article: Rudd, M. D., Berman, A. L., Joiner, T. E., Jr., Nock, M. K., Silverman, M. M., Mandrusiak, M., et al. (2006). Warning signs for suicide: Theory, research, and clinical applications. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 36(3), 255-262. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the Lifeline (USA) at 1-800-273-8255 OR Text SIGNS to 741741 for 24/7, anonymous, free crisis counseling.