Call the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
Warning signs to watch for:
- Talking about wanting to die.
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing use of alcohol or drugs.
- Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly.
- Sleeping too little or too much.
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Extreme mood swings.
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP
- Do not leave the person alone.
- Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.
- Listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.
- Be nonjudgmental. Don’t debate. Don’t lecture on the value of life.
- Don’t act shocked. This will put distance between you.
- Don’t be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.
- Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance.
- Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.
- Get help by calling the hotline or visiting Suicidepreventionlifeline.org