If you need help immediately, call 911.

 

Suicide can be prevented. While some suicides occur without any outward warning, most people who are suicidal do give warnings. Prevent the suicide of loved ones by learning to recognize the signs of someone at risk, taking those signs seriously and knowing how to respond to them.
 

According to the American Society for Suicide Prevention, warning signs of suicide include:

  • Observable signs of serious depression
  • Increased alcohol and/or other drug use
  • Recent impulsiveness and taking unnecessary risks
  • Threatening suicide or expressing a strong wish to die
  • Making a plan, including giving away possessions, sudden purchase of a firearm, obtaining other means of killing oneself such as poisons or medications, unexpected rage or anger


The emotional crises that usually precede suicide are often recognizable and treatable. Although most depressed people are not suicidal, most suicidal people are depressed. Serious depression can be manifested in obvious sadness, but often it is rather expressed as a loss of pleasure or withdrawal from activities that had been enjoyable. One can help prevent suicide through early recognition and treatment of depression and other psychiatric illnesses.

 

Suicide Resources


For resources and information specifically related to teen suicide, visit the Children/Teens Resources section of our website.


211 Palm Beach Treasure Coast
http://211palmbeach.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=pages.SuicidePrevention&x=5908414


Suicide Hotline
Phone: (800) 273-TALK (8255)
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
By calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's 24 hour toll-free crisis hotline, 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), you are connected with a crisis center that can tell you where to seek immediate help in your area.

 

Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network
Phone Number: (888) 649-1366
www.spanusa.org


Other Support Groups and Organizations:


American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
3615 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016-3007
Phone: 202/966-7300
Fax: 202/966-2891
www.aacap.org


American Association of Suicidolgy
4201 Connecticut Ave., NW
Suite 408
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202/237-2280
Fax: 202/237-2282
www.suicidology.org


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
120 Wall St., 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10005
Phone: 888/333-AFSP (2377) (toll-free)
212/363-3500
Fax: 212/363-6237
www.afsp.org


SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)
8120 Penn Ave. S., Suite 470
Bloomington, MN 55431
Phone: 952-946-7998
www.save.org


SPAN-USA (Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network)
1025 Vermont Ave., NW, Suite 1066
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-449-3600
Fax: 202-449-3601
www.spanusa.org


Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program
P.O. Box 644
Westminster, CO 80030-0644
Phone: 303-429-3530
Fax: 303-426-4496
www.yellowribbon.org