NAMI NH reports –
Sometimes it can be difficult to tell warning signs from “normal” behavior, especially in adolescents. Ask yourself,
Is the behavior I am seeing very different for this particular person? Also, recognize that sometimes those who are
depressed can appear angry, irritable, and/or hostile in addition to withdrawn and quiet.
Take action if you see any of the following warning signs:
Talking about or threatening to hurt or kill oneself
Seeking firearms, drugs, or other lethal means for killing oneself
Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide
Direct Statements or Less Direct Statements of Suicidal Intent: (Examples: “I’m just going to end it all” or
“Everything would be easier if I wasn’t around.”)
Feeling hopeless
Feeling rage or uncontrollable anger or seeking revenge
Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out
Dramatic mood changes
Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life
Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities
Increasing alcohol or drug use
Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
Feeling anxious or agitated
Being unable to sleep, or sleeping all the time
For a more complete list of warning signs and more information on suicide prevention, please consult the Connect
website at and click on Understanding Suicide.
If you see warning signs and/or are otherwise worried that this person:
Connect with Your Loved One, Connect Them to Help
1) Ask directly about their suicidal feelings. Talking about suicide is the first step to preventing suicide!
2) Let them know you care.
3) Keep them away from anything that may cause harm such as guns, pills, ropes, knives, vehicles
4) Stay with them (eyes on at all times) and get a professional involved.
5) Offer a message of hope – Let them know you will assist them in getting help.
6) Connect them with help:
➢ National Suicide Lifeline (24/7) 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (press “1” for veterans)
➢ Crisis Text Line: 741741
➢ Your local community mental health center or emergency department
➢ For an emergency, dial 911.

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