Suicide Prevention

You Can Help Prevent Suicide

Warning Signs

These warning signs should be taken seriously. 75 percent of people who completed suicide communicated some warning of their intentions, If someone you know is depressed or exhibiting any of the warning signs, it is okay to ask if they are considering suicide. Here are some things to look for:

  • A tendency toward isolation and social withdrawal
  • Substance abuse
  • Expression of negative attitudes toward self
  • Expression of hopelessness or helplessness
  • Loss of interest in usually activities
  • Giving away valued possessions
  • Expression of a lack of future orientation (i.e. "It won't matter soon anyway")
  • Having a plan for suicide and the means to carry it out
  • Family history of suicide
  • Expressing suicidal feelings (i.e. "I want to kill myself," or "I wish my life were over")
  • Signs of depression (i.e. loss of pleasure in activities, sad mood, changes in eating or sleeping patterns, feelings of hopelessness and expressing guilt)

How You Can Help

Listen. Suicidal people frequently feel as though no one understands them, that they are not taken seriously, and that no one listens to them.

Accept the person's feelings as they are. Do not try to cheer the person up my making positive, unrealistic statements. Do not joke about the situation.

Do not be afraid to talk about suicide directly. You will not be putting ideas into the person's head. It may in fact, be dangerous to avoid asking a person directly if she is feeling suicidal.

Ask them if they have developed a plan for suicide. The presence of a well-developed plan indicates intent that is more serious.

Remove anything dangerous from the person's home that might be used in a suicide attempt (i.e., gun, knife, razor blades, sleeping pills).

Tell a trusted adult. Do not keep it a secret. If someone you know is considering suicide, an adult is the best person to handle the situation and offer that person help. Make no deals to keep secret what a suicidal person has told you.

Express your concern for the person and your hope that the person will not choose suicide but instead will stick it out a little longer.

Remind the person that depressed feelings do change over time.

Point out that when death is chosen, it is final; it cannot be changed.

Develop a plan for help with the person. If you cannot develop a plan and a suicide attempt is imminent, seek outside emergency help from a hospital, mental health clinic or call "911".

Resources

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a 501(c)(3) organization, has been at the forefront of a wide range of suicide prevention initiatives in 2011 -- each designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. We are investing in groundbreaking research, new educational campaigns, innovative demonstration projects and critical policy work. And we are expanding our assistance to people whose lives have been affected by suicide, reaching out to offer support and offering opportunities to become involved in prevention.

National Institute of Mental Health

The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. For the Institute to continue fulfilling this vital public health mission, it must foster innovative thinking and ensure that a full array of novel scientific perspectives are used to further discovery in the evolving science of brain, behavior, and experience. In this way, breakthroughs in science can become breakthroughs for all people with mental illnesses.

World Health Organization

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)

SAVE was one of the nation's first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide and was a co-founding member of the National Council for Suicide Prevention. Our history and growth from an all-volunteer, small grassroots group of passionate survivors led us to what is one of today's leading national not-for-profit organizations with staff dedicated to prevent suicide. This site, along with our work, is based on the foundation and belief that suicide should no longer be considered a hidden or taboo topic and that through raising awareness and educating the public, we can SAVE lives.

LGBT*QI+ National Help Center- 1-888-843-4564

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline provides telephone and email peer-counseling, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States. All of our services are free and confidential. We speak with callers of all ages about coming-out issues, relationship concerns, HIV/AIDS, anxiety, safer-sex information, and lots more!

LGBT*QI+ National Help Center Chat

We offer free, confidential, one-on-one peer support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning people. All conversations are confidential. We do not keep transcripts or recordings of the chat conversations we have with you.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBT*QI+) youth.

The Trevor Project: Need To Talk Live

The "Need to Talk Live" campaign promotes the use of "NTL" (a text shorthand for "Need to Talk Live"), and by text messaging these three simple letters to a friend—an LGBT*QI+ youth can let a close one know that they need support immediately. Reaching out for help can be difficult. We aren't always given the tools we need to get support. NTL makes asking for that support a little easier.

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

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers, provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.

Laura's Playground

This is a live support moderated chat room for Transsexuals both FTM and MTF, Transgendered, Intersex, Androgynes, Crossdressers and their Friends, families and significant Others only. All groups will be treated equally.

The Alex Project

If you need help now, text ANSWER to 839863 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Reno Crisis Call Center is available 24×7.
Standard msg&data rates may apply. Text HELP for more info. Text STOP to opt out.
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Butte County Crisis Line

Adult crisis line: (530) 891-2810 or (800) 334-6622
Youth Crisis Line: (530) 891-2794 or (800) 371-4373