If your friend has:
- made a plan
- the means to hurt him/herself or someone else (e.g. pills or a weapon)
- attempted suicide or hurt him/herself before
Talk to friends, family members, teachers, guidance counselors or a family doctor if you notice the following:
Your friend makes statements like ...
- I want to die
- Things would be better without me
- I can't go on like this
- It will soon be over
- They will be sorry when I'm not here
- I want to go to sleep and never wake up
Appears to feel sad, helpless, hopeless, worthless, guilty, shame, exhausted, angry, confused, irritable or withdrawn.
Behaves in unusual ways ...
- Isolating him/herself
- Giving away prized possessions
- Partying excessively
- Using substances more than usual
- Having unsafe sex or changes in libido
- Having difficulty making decisions
- Under- or overeating
- Under- or oversleeping
If you've noticed these types of changes, ask your friend if he/she is thinking about suicide.
Reach out and get help for your friend. If you have a concern, and want advice or information, get started at:
Your local crisis service
Talk to their friends, parents or brothers/sisters.
Talk to a guidance counsellor, your/your friend's family doctor.
Ask for help in helping your friend! Reaching out to others you trust will help your friend in the long run. Read How Can I Help My Friend to see what else you and others can do.
Last updated October 2012