Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among young adults. Suicide does not discriminate. People of all genders, ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, religious or spiritual traditions, and academic standings can be at risk. Thus, it is important to know the warning signs of suicide, including the following;
- Talking or joking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves
- Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no reason to live
- Making a plan or looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online, stockpiling pills, or buying a gun
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Using alcohol or drugs more often
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Talking or thinking about death often
- Giving away important possessions
- Saying goodbye to friends and family
If these warning signs apply to you or someone you know, ACT:
- ASK: Be direct and ask if the person is thinking or planning on committing suicide or taking their life. Talking about suicide does not put the idea in a person’s mind.
- CARE: Listen, be nonjudgmental, and do not make promises (such as to keep things secret). Trust your instincts.
- TELL: Do not leave a person who is suicidal alone. Reach out and get help by escorting them to services or calling for help.
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