Suicide Prevention

Risk factors: depression, substance abuse

Warning signs
  • Ideation (thinking, talking or wishing about suicide)
  • Substance use or abuse (increased use or change in substance)
  • Puposelessness (no sense of purpose or belonging)
  • Anger
  • Trapped (feeling like there is no way out)
  • Hopelessness (there is nothing to live for, no hope or optimism)
  • Withdrawal (from family, friends, work, school, activities, hobbies)
  • Anxiety (restlessness, irritability, agitation)
  • Recklessness (high risk-taking behavior)
  • Mood disturbance (dramatic changes in mood)

Additional Warning Signs of Suicide
  • Talking about suicide
  • Looking for ways to die (internet searches for how to commit suicide, looking for guns, pills, etc.)
  • Statements about hopelessness, helplessness, or worthlessness
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Suddenly happier, calmer
  • Loss of interest in things one cares about
  • Visiting or calling people one cares about
  • Making arrangements; setting one's affairs in order
  • Giving things away, such as prized possessions

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In an emergency, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Are you or someone you know feeling suicidal?
Call the 24-hour Crisis Line (877) 7-CRISIS or (877) 727-4747 

Toll free in LA and Orange Counties