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Suicide Hotlines by State & Other Countries or call in US 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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The Samaritans, charity based in the UK and Republic of Ireland that provides confidential emotional support to any person who is suicidal.

What to Expect if You've Never Called a Suicide Hotline Before

If you are thinking about suicide, read this first

Managing Against Tomorrow - Suicide Prevention, Part I

Depression: Understanding Thoughts of Suicide

The Preventative

What Should You Do If Someone Tells You They Are Thinking About Suicide?

If someone tells you they are thinking about suicide, you should take their distress seriously, listen nonjudgmentally, and help them get to a professional for evaluation and treatment. People consider suicide when they are hopeless and unable to see alternative solutions to problems. Suicidal behavior is most often related to a mental disorder (depression) or to alcohol or other substance abuse. Suicidal behavior is also more likely to occur when people experience stressful events (major losses, incarceration). If someone is in imminent danger of harming himself or herself, do not leave the person alone. You may need to take emergency steps to get help, such as calling 911. When someone is in a suicidal crisis, it is important to limit access to firearms or other lethal means of committing suicide.

7 Signs Someone May Be Suicidal

If you have a loved one or friend that you think may be suicidal it is imperative to recognize the warning signs of suicide. While each person is an individual and will exhibit signs of depression and suicidal thought in their own way, there are several warnings signs that you can watch for that may indicate they are in crisis. If you believe someone is contemplating suicide please get help immediately. There are a number of suicide prevention web sites and hotlines available to help those in need which can be accessed at the bottom of this article.

  1. Talking about suicide or death : Do not take statements about wanting to die or "ending it all" lightly. Seek help immediately. Even if they are not seriously considering suicide, statements like these indicate that a person is in need of help and is reaching out.
  2. Withdrawing from friends and family : Loss of interest in friends and family can be a sign of depression or suicidal thought. A person contemplating suicide may withdraw to spend more and more time alone. They may become despondent or angry when loved ones try to intervene.
  3. Sudden behavioral changes : A sudden and marked change in behavior may indicate that a person is suffering from depression, mental illness or suicidal thought. This can include a change in attitude, thinking, appearance or interpersonal relationships. In some cases the changes can be gradual as well.
  4. Wanting to "tie up loose ends" or give away belongings : This can include calling old friends and relatives to say goodbye. Giving away personal belongings or pets to others or wanting to secure care for children is a serious warning sign that a person may be considering suicide very soon.
  5. Reckless behavior : Engaging in behavior such as heavy alcohol and drug use, driving recklessly, starting fights or taking excessive risks.
  6. Withdrawing from regular activities : Suddenly quitting or loosing interest in regular and extracurricular activities such as school, work, sports teams, clubs, church, volunteer duties, or hobbies.
  7. Sudden change in sleeping patterns or eating habits : Watch for sudden weight fluctuations or a marked increase or decrease in the amount of sleep a person is getting.
If you or someone you love is thinking of committing suicide please seek immediate professional help. There are many caring professionals and trained peers that are available to listen and talk about feelings of loneliness, depression or suicide.

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miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, pregnancy termination (abortion)
stillbirth, neonatal death, and/or infant death

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