When to Get Help
Attempt Survivors: When You Should Call
If you feel like you are in crisis, no matter how big or small, seek help immediately if you have any of the following warning signs:
- Feeling like you want to die or to kill yourself.
- Looking for a way to kill yourself, such as searching for methods online.
- Feeling hopeless or like you have no reason to live.
- Feeling trapped or like you cannot handle the pain.
- Feeling like you are a burden to others.
- Drinking more alcohol and using drugs.
- Feeling anxious or agitated.
- Sleeping too little or too much.
- Feeling like you can’t talk to anyone and would rather be alone.
- Wanting to seek revenge.
- Having extreme mood swings.
Loss Survivors: When You Should Call
It’s important to know when to ask for help. You should call if you have any of the following warning signs, especially if a problem is making it hard for you to get through the day.
- Eating or sleeping too much or too little.
- Pulling away from people and things.
- Having low or no energy.
- Feeling numb or like nothing matters.
- Having unexplained aches and pains.
- Feeling helpless or hopeless.
- Smoking and drinking more than usual or using drugs.
- Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, angry, upset, worried, scared or on edge.
- Fighting with family and friends.
- Unable to get rid of troubling thoughts and memories.
- Thinking of hurting or killing yourself or someone else.
- Unable to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school.
Warning Signs of Suicide
These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if a behaviour is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss or change.
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
- Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- 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
- Withdrawn or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings
Additional Warning Signs of Suicide
- Preoccupation with death
- Suddenly happier and/or calmer
- Loss of interest in things one cares about
- Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
- Making arrangements; setting one's affairs in order
- Giving things away, such as prized possessions
A suicidal person urgently needs to see a doctor or mental health professional.