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Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Unfortunately, stigma, myths and misinformation about suicide prevent both adults and young people from discussing this topic.  Recognizing the signs and symptoms of suicide and knowing who to call for help is one way to prevent suicide.


Know the Signs and Symptoms.  Some of the common signs and symptoms of suicide are: threatening and talking about wanting to hurt or kill themselves, making preparations (i.e. trying to get firearms, pills or other ways of killing themselves), talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide, hopelessness, withdrawing from friends, family, or school, and difficulty sleeping or sleeping all the time.  This is not an exhaustive or definitive list.  They are merely potential warning signs and a signal to get help.  For more information, visit the National Suicide Prevention Life Line: