People who are considering ending their life often show some signs that they may be thinking about suicide. These warning signs provide a good opportunity to start a conversation, even if it is difficult. You may be unsure of how you can help, or uncertain of whether the person is actually in serious trouble, but asking about their feelings or intentions is an important first step.
If you see or hear even one sign step in or speak up…don’t assume someone else will. Take the time to learn what to do so that you feel ready to help a friend or a loved one when they may need you the most.
If you have concerns about yourself or a friend, contact the USD Counseling Center to get a screening or a consultation. You can also use an anonymous Self Evaluator to learn if a treatable mental health problem could be affecting you or a friend. Be proactive about your mental health: it’s the first step to feeling better.