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How You Can Help

Use the information provided to learn more about how to prevent suicide by identifying warning signs and find out how to help someone who may be feeling suicidal.

Warning Signs

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Questions to Ask

If someone you know needs help, take action! Your prompt response can save a life.

Training

If you would like to prepare yourself to be a lifesaver, sign up for one of our prevention training.

Connect

It's important to know that help is available. Below is a list of resources, programs and training for addressing suicide.

Get Help

Need Help? Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1. Open 24/7/365.

What are Warning Signs?

Learn to recognize Signs of Crisis
People can experience an emotional or mental health crisis due to a wide range of situations. For some, it might be the end of a personal relationship. For others, it might be the loss of a job. For Veterans, these crises can be heightened by their experiences during military service.When emotional issues reach a crisis point, Veterans and their loved ones should contact the THE SPARTAN PLEDGE Crisis Line.

Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 / or text TALK to 838255

Many Veterans may not show any signs of intent to harm themselves before doing so, but some actions can be a sign that a person needs help. Veterans in crisis may show behaviors that indicate a risk of self-harm. The following can all be warning signs:

  • Appearing sad or depressed most of the time
  • Hopelessness; feeling like there’s no way out
  • Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
  • Feeling as if there is no reason to live
  • Feeling excessive guilt, shame, or sense of failure
  • Rage or anger
  • Engaging in risky activities without thinking
  • Losing interest in hobbies, work, or school
  • Increasing alcohol or drug misuse
  • Neglecting personal welfare; a deteriorating physical appearance
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Showing violent behavior, like punching a hole in the wall or getting into fights
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Getting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, or writing a will

The following signs require immediate attention:

    • Thinking about hurting or killing yourself
    • Looking for ways to kill yourself
    • Talking about death, dying, or suicide
    • Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc.

Advice for Asking Questions

If someone you know needs help, take action! Your prompt response can save a life.

What To Do

  • Do not keep it a secret
  • Do not sidestep the issue or treat it lightly
  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Do not offer simple solutions
  • Do not judge
  • Do not offer or suggest drugs or alcohol
  • Do not try to be a therapist, get professional help

What To Do

  • Take all suicide threats seriously. Listen and express concern in a nonjudgmental way.
  • Take action! Get the individual connected with professional help.
  • Ask questions openly ("Do you have a plan? Will you talk with someone who can help?")
  • Show that you care

Questions to Ask

Do You Need Advice Now? Call 1-800-273-8255 If you are in crisis or need help dealing with one, call this toll-free number 1-800-273-8255 to speak to a trained professional or text TALK to 838255

Do you know, love, counsel, or provide care for veterans?

Learn what you need to know to prevent veteran suicide. This course was designed, produced, and reviewed by veterans, for veterans.

Concerned about a Veteran or their Family

Call THE SPARTAN PLEDGE Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 or
Text TALK to 838255

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