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Warning Signs of Suicide and How To Help

For those unaware, September is the month of many things, but Suicide Prevention Awareness is the main focus of the Cherry and the Hoot blog. As many find suicide to be a challenging topic of discussion, I believe more people should talk about it to help save the life of others potentially. In addition, bringing awareness allows us to possibly identify warning signs and know what to do during a time of crisis for ourselves or someone else. 

Below I have included a list of warning signs, what to do, and what to avoid should you encounter one suffering from suicidal ideations or thoughts:

Warning Signs of Suicide


If a person talks about:

  • Killing themselves
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Having no reason to live
  • Being a burden to others
  • Feeling trapped
  • Unbearable pain


If a person displays one or more of the following behaviors:

  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Looking for a way to end their lives, such as searching online for methods
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Aggression
  • Fatigue


If a person displays one or more of the following moods:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of interest
  • Irritability
  • Humiliation/Shame
  • Agitation/Anger
  • Relief/Sudden Improvement

How To Help

  • Talk in private and ask directly if suicidal
  • Remove any weapons such as firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used
  • Listen and acknowledge their feelings
  • Tell them you care about them
  • Encourage them to seek treatment or reach out to their doctor
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or text 988
  • Escort to mental health services or emergency room for treatment
  • Follow up after the crisis

What Not To Do

  • Avoid debating the value of life
  • Avoid minimizing their problems
  • Avoid giving unwanted advice
  • Avoid leaving someone who is “high risk” alone
  • Avoid being judgemental

If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, please get in touch with the National Suicide Prevention Hotline by calling 1-800-273-8255 or texting 988. 

Always remember, you are NOT alone!

Much Love Hooters,

Cherry and the Hoot

Sources: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; National Institute for Mental Health

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