Suicide Prevention

Know the Signs
Watch for these key suicide warning signs, and provide the Lifeline number to anyone exhibiting them.

  • Acting in a reckless or risky way
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Feeling trapped, like there is no way out
  • Giving away possessions
  • Hopelessness
  • Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge
  • Saying or feeling there is no reason for living.
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide
  • Trying to get pills, guns, or other ways to harm oneself
  • Withdrawing from friends and family.

If you are experiencing any of these warning signs now, ask for help by calling
9-1-1
Or to speak with someone
1-800-273-TALK (8255) NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE
or a mental health professional.

General Guidance for Suicide Intervention

  • DO:
    • Start intervention immediately once the threat has been identified
    • Be patient, calm and flexible
    • Help guide the individual in defining the problem
    • Explore possible solutions.
    • Provide the individual with reasons to live
    • Get help
  • DON’T:
    • Promise what you cannot guarantee
    • Argue with the individual
    • Leave the person alone.
    • Go it alone.

1-800-273-TALK (8255) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255), Veterans Press 1 for Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline

Telephone Numbers for More Information on Receiving Help


National Mental Health Association

703-684-7722

Anxiety Disorders Association of America

301-231-9350

American Psychological Association

202-336-5500

American Psychiatric Association

202-682-6000

Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association

312-642-0049

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

703-524-7600

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800-273-TALK(8255)

U.S. Veterans Administration Houston Area Service Centers

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center 2002 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030 713-791-1414
Harris County Vet Center 14300 Cornerstone Village Dr., Ste. 110, Houston, TX 77014 713.578.4002
Houston Veterans Resource Center 701 N Post Oak Road, Ste. 102, Houston, TX 77024 713.682.2288
Houston Vet Center 2990 Richmond, Ste. 325, Houston, TX 77098 713.523.0884
Houston Regional Office 6900 Almeda Road, Houston, TX 77030 800.827.1000

Other Resources:

(Source: Suicide Prevention, U.S. Veterans Administration at http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/index.asp)

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