Suicide Warning Signs

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Having suicidal thoughts or a mental health crisis? This text-for-help hotline instantly connects young people with a trained mental health responder. The service helps Indiana's youth get the help they need easily and quickly through Community's Zero Suicide Initiative.

Seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or by calling the national Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK if you or someone you know exhibits any of the following signs:

  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities – seemingly without thinking
  • Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family and society
  • Feeling anxious, agitated or unable to sleep, or sleeping all the time
  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes
  • Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life

(From US Department of Health and Human Services. CMHS-SVP-0153)

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For help for yourself or others, contact 24-hour crisis service at 317-621-5700 or 800-273-8255.