- Talking about wanting to die or suicide
- Looking for a way to kill themselves
- Feeling hopeless, desperate, trapped
- Giving away possessions
- Reckless behavior
- Putting affairs in order
- Uncontrolled anger
- Increased drug or alcohol use
- Anxiety or agitation
- Changes in sleep
- Sudden mood changes
- No sense of purpose
- Talking about death or suicide
- Seeking methods for self-harm, such as searching online or obtaining a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
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Start the conversation
- Have a list of resources available
- Practice what you will say
- Mention the signs you have noticed
- Ask directly about suicide
- If they answer “yes”, stay calm, do not leave them alone, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255
- Listen and validate
- Let them know you care
- Ask about access to lethal means and help remove them if safe to do so
- Create a safety plan together
- Ask if they will refrain from using substances or agree to have someone monitor their use
- Get a verbal commitment that they will not act upon thoughts of suicide until they have met with a professional
- Provide resources
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline anytime at 800-273-8255
- If the situation is critical, call 9-1-1, or take the person to the nearest emergency room or walk-in psychiatric clinic
- Do not ask in a way that indicates you want “No” for an answer, such as “You don’t really wanna die do you?”
- Do not tell the person to do it.
- Do not show anger or frustration.
- Do not promise secrecy.
- Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Crisis Line: 1-800-991-5272
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741-741
- The Trevor Project (for LGBTQ Young People): 1-866-488-7386
- Friendship Line (for Older Adults): 1-800-971-0016
- Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
- Teen Line: Call 1-800-852-8336 (from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. PST)
What is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline?
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (1-888-628-9454 for Spanish-speaking callers) is the only federally funded hotline for suicide prevention and intervention. People who are in emotional distress or suicidal crisis can call the Lifeline at any time, from anywhere in the Nation, to talk in English or Spanish with a trained crisis worker who will listen to and assist callers in getting the help they need. For more information about the Lifeline, visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
- Youth bereaved by suicide
- Youth with disabilities, mental illness, or substance use disorders
- Youth experiencing homelessness or in out-of-home settings, such as foster care
- LGBTQIA+ youth
Suicide Prevention Policy