Warning Signs Sleeping and/or eating less or more Failing grades, disinterest in school Persistent sadness, anxiety, or frustration Change in personality (becoming more angry, irritable, or aggressive) Withdrawing from friends, families, and activities Direct verbal cues: “I wish I were dead,” “I’m just going to end it all” Indirect verbal cues: “You’ll be better off without me,” “No one cares if I’m dead” Writing or drawing about death Giving away prized possessions Dropping out of school or other activities Lack of concern about physical appearance and hygiene
If You’re Worried About a Friend, Don’t Forget to ACT Acknowledge that you are seeing the signs of depression or suicide in friend and that it is serious. Let your friend know you care about them and that you are concerned that he or she needs to help you cannot provide. Tell a trusted adult that you are worried about your friend.
Do’sDon’ts Learn the warning signsPromise to keep it a secret GET HELP FROM AN ADULTAct shocked or disappointed Encourage your friend to seek helpChange the subject Show support and be availableMinimize their feelings or problems Take comments about suicide seriouslyGive up! Be nonjudgmental
Who Are Trusted Adults? School counselors Teachers Coaches Nurses Parents Anyone else?
Resources Smart phone app: ASK -Warning Signs associated with suicidal behavior -What to do if someone you know appears to be contemplating suicide Hotline Numbers National Suicide Help Line: 1-800-784-2433 1-800-273-8255 Teen Help Line: 972-233-TEEN, 972-233-8336