Helping a Suicidal Friend

 

Know the Warning Signs

  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Pessimism
  • Hopelessness
  • Loss of interest/pleasure in formerly enjoyable activities
  • Change in appetite or weight
  • Sleep problems
  • Helplessness
  • Anxiety
  • Social withdrawal
  • Decrease in sexual drive
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Diminished ability to think or concentrate, slowed thinking or indecisiveness
  • Thoughts of death, suicide, or wishes to be dead
  • Unrelenting low mood

Other Warning Signs

  • Increased used alcohol and/or other drugs
  • Recent impulsiveness and taking unnecessary risks
  • Current talk of suicide, expressing strong wish to die, or talking about wanting “pain” to end
  • Making a suicide plan
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Saying goodbye to friends/family
  • Purchasing a firearm
  • Obtaining other means of killing oneself.

How to Help a Friend Who May be Suicidal

In an Acute Crisis

Call 911 if immediate assistance is needed, particularly if you feel the person has already taken action (e.g., swallowed pills) or may do so without quick intervention.

Call the ETSU Counseling Center

If it is after hours call Public Safety, (423) 439-4841

Call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (423) 1-800-8255

REMEMBER, to stay with the person (on the phone) until help is available.