The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Visit their website to learn more about suicide prevention, resources, programs, training, news, and other helpful material.
Some behaviors may indicate that a person is at immediate risk for suicide:
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
- Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
If you or someone you know has these behaviors, immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Other behaviors may also indicate a serious risk—especially if the behavior is new; has increased; and/or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings
If you’re in crisis, there are options available to help you cope. You can also call the Lifeline at any time to speak to someone and get support. For confidential support available 24/7 for everyone in the United States, call 1-800-273-8255.
How Can You Help Yourself?
Healing, hope and help can happen. Here are some ways to help you get through a crisis:
- Find a therapist and/or support group
- Build a support network
- Use your support network
- Make a safety plan
If a friend or loved one is planning to hurt themselves, call for help. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) so that you can find out what resources are available in your area, or encourage your loved one to call. Calls are routed to the Lifeline center closest to your area code that can provide you with local resources. Read more about how you can help at Suicide Prevention Lifeline.