If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call 911, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “MHFA” to 741-741 for 24/7 confidential counseling from the Crisis Text Line.
Anthony Bourdain. Kate Spade. Avicii. These are just a few names of people who died by suicide and remind us that suicide can be unexpected and difficult to predict.
And they’re not alone. A national survey found that on average, there are 129 suicides every day and for every suicide, 25 more people attempt suicide. Among 15- to 24-year-olds, suicide is the second leading cause of death.
That’s why it’s critical that everyone can recognize the signs and symptoms of suicide and are able to talk about it and ask people what they’re going through.
Use these tips from the Mental Health First Aid curriculum to talk to someone about suicide.
For more information on how to help someone who is suicidal, read this Mental Health First Aid Guide. You can also take a Mental Health First Aid course. The course will teach you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of suicide and depression. With the right information and resources, we can help those around us before it’s too late.