Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people 10 – 24. This is a lot higher than the general population where suicide is 10th leading cause of death. It’s important to recognize the potential warning signs for when someone intends to end their life.
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting agitated; behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Extreme mood swings
Where can you go for help? Here are some crucial resources available to you.
Click this link – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or Call 1-800-273-8255 for free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people in suicidal crisis or distress.
If you see suicidal language on social media, You can also call 1-800-273-8255 to talk to someone about how you can help a person in crisis.
For crisis support in Spanish, call 1-888-628-9454.
For the TrevorLifeline, a suicide prevention counseling service for the LGBTQ community, call 1-866-488-7386.