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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
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
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
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
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
American Psychological Association
American Psychiatric Association
Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
U.S. Veterans Administration Houston Area Service Centers
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030
Harris County Vet Center
14300 Cornerstone Village Dr., Ste. 110, Houston, TX 77014
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is an organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center†- provides prevention support, training, and resources to assist organizations and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies, and to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
U.S. Veterans Administration†ĖOffice of Mental Health Services mission is to maintain and improve the health and well-being of veterans through excellence in health care, social services, education, and research.