Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

If you spot the warning signs of suicide in someone you care about, you may wonder if it’s a good idea to say anything. What if you’re wrong? What if the person gets angry? In such situations, it’s natural to feel uncomfortable or afraid. But anyone who talks about suicide or shows other warning signs needs immediate help—the sooner the better.

If someone you know is in crisis now, seek help immediately! If at school, talk to your counselor, administrator, school resource officer, school nurse, teacher, or other trusted adult. If not at school,  follow one of the steps listed below:

  • Call 1-800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • Call 402-475-6695 CenterPointe Crisis Response Line
  • Text START to 741-741
  • Call 911
  • Take individual to Bryan West Emergency Department @ 2300 S. 16th St, Lincoln, NE

Warning Signs of Suicide

  • Talking about hurting or killing himself or herlself
  • Seeking access to pills, weapons or other means of killing himself or herlself
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide
  • Expressing hoplessness
  • Increasing alscholor or drug use
  • Giving away prized preventions
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Withdrawing from friends, family or society
  • Undergoing dramatic changes in mood
  • Feeling no sense of purpose or reason for living

How Can You Help

  1. If you have serious concerns that this is an emergency, call 911 or the National Suicide prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
  2. Ask directly about suicidal thoughts. Do NOT be afraid to use the word “suicide.” Asking someone if they are thinking about suicide does ot increase the likelihood that they will attempt suicide.
  3. Clearly state that thoughts of suicide are often associated with a treatable mental disorder, as this may instill a sense of hope.
  4. Tell the person that thoughts of suicide are common and do not have to be acted on.
  5. If the person is actively suicidal (has a plan and means), do not leavel them alone and fer to point #1 (listed above).

Additional Signs to Look For

Talking about suicide Any talk about suicide, dying, or self-harm, such as “I wish I hadn’t been born,” “If I see you again…,” and “I’d be better off dead.”
Seeking out lethal means Seeking access to guns, pills, knives, or other objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.
Preoccupation with death Unusual focus on death, dying, or violence. Writing poems or stories about death.
No hope for the future Feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and being trapped (“There’s no way out”). Belief that things will never get better or change.
Self-loathing, self-hatred Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, shame, and self-hatred. Feeling like a burden (“Everyone would be better off without me”).
Getting affairs in order Making out a will. Giving away prized possessions. Making arrangements for family members.
Saying goodbye Unusual or unexpected visits or calls to family and friends. Saying goodbye to people as if they won’t be seen again.
Withdrawing from others Withdrawing from friends and family. Increasing social isolation. Desire to be left alone.
Self-destructive behavior Increased alcohol or drug use, reckless driving, unsafe sex. Taking unnecessary risks as if they have a “death wish.”
Sudden sense of calm A sudden sense of calm and happiness after being extremely depressed can mean that the person has made a decision to commit suicide.

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