Making Suicide Prevention a Health and Safety Priority

I Am Worried About Someone

Warning Signs

Some behaviors may indicate that a person is at immediate risk for suicide. The following three should prompt you to immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1- 800-273-TALK (8255) or a mental health professional.

People impacted by suicide shouldn’t be invisible

  1. Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.  Communication may be veiled, such as: “I just can’t take it anymore.” or “What’s the use?”
  2. Looking for ways to kill oneself, such as searching online or obtaining a gun.
  3. Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.


Other behaviors may also indicate serious risk - especially if the behavior is new, has increased; and/or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change.


  • 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 feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings (SPRC)

Warning: An Increasingly Medicated Workforce.  Employers underestimate how many employees struggle with mental health issues, but the use of medications has been significantly increasing over time. One study indicated that usage increased 22% between 2001 and 2010, and that approximately one in five adults is taking at least one prescription medication for psychological issues. According to the American Psychological Association Antidepressants are the second most commonly prescribed drug in the U.S.


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