Warning Signs for Suicide

Seek immediate help when you hear or see any one of these behaviors. Risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss or change. If someone you care about is showing any or a combination of the following behaviors, have them call or help them call the Riverside HELPline, a free crisis and suicide intervention hotline and referral service, at (951) 686-HELP(4357). The phone lines are answered by trained professionals available 24/7; the call is free and confidential. You could be saving their life!

Seek immediate help when you hear or see any one of these behaviors:

  • Talking about wanting to die or kill themselves
  • Looking for ways to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun
  • 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 the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

Source: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

To learn more about the signs of suicide, how to find the words to have a conversation with someone you care about, and additional support resources, visit https://up2riverside.org/about/related-campaigns/know-the-signs/