As many as 75% of those who kill themselves give some warning of their intentions. The most effective way to prevent suicide is to learn how to recognize the signs of someone at risk, take those sign seriously, and know how to respond to them.
The Jason Foundation offers a free smart phone app that helps provide the information, tools and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide.
1. Depression: Most suicidal people are depressed. Be especially concerned if at least five of the following symptoms have been present nearly every day for two weeks or longer:
2. Feeling anxious, agitated, and/or angry along with depression.
3. A recent significant loss, crisis, or perceived failure.
4. Talking about death or suicide. People who kill themselves have often talked about suicide directly or indirectly. Be alert to statements like:
5. Planning for suicide, which may be signaled by:
6. Previous suicide attempts: Those who have made attempts are at much higher risk for actually taking their lives.
Any one of the following signs constitutes an emergency requiring immediate professional help. The more of these signs that are present, the greater the imminent risk of suicide.
Statements that express: