While just talking can make a big difference, the best way to help your friend in crisis is to talk to a responsible adult about your concerns. This could be a teacher, guidance counselor or other member of the school staff. It might also be your parents, a member of the clergy or someone who
Direct Less Direct “I wish I were dead.” “You will be better off without me.” “There is no reason for my life.” “I’m going to end it all.” “If (XYZ) doesn’t happen, I’ll kill myself.” “I’m so tired of it all.” “What’s the point of living?” “Life is just not worth living.”
Warning signs are the earliest observable clues that a person may be considering suicide in the near-term (within minutes, hours or days).
Cause for Immediate Concern:
Threatening suicide or expressing a strong wish to die
Seeking access to lethal means–guns, medications, poisons
Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide
If it’s you…
If you find yourself acting or feeling in one or more of these ways, get help immediately. Dial 2-1-1 in Vermont, a mental health professional , Call 9-1-1 for police or emergency services or Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will reach a real person who can help, even if you only want to talk.
Or someone else…
If someone you know is behaving in any of these ways, get help right away. Stay with the person until professional help is available. Keep the person away from firearms, medications, alcohol and other substances which they might use to kill themselves or which might lower their resistance to causing themselves harm. Dial 2-1-1 in Vermont to reach a mental health professional, Call 9-1-1 for police or emergency services or Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will reach a real person who can help. Never leave a suicidal person alone.