Gretchen Lawson: It can be really scary to wonder if someone we love is thinking about suicide. There are some warning signs that you can look for. If the person that you’re worried about has started not doing things that they used to enjoy doing, like going to the movies or going to dinner with you, if you notice the person is isolating more, not returning phone calls, not getting back with you in a timely manner, if they start to have problems at work, if they start to talk about not feeling valuable or worthy, I encourage you, it’s okay to ask questions. If you see one, two, or three of these warning signs, it’s okay for you to go to that person and ask them how they’re doing, what they’re thinking.
If you or a friend need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, for free confidential, 24/7 help. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world. For additional help, please visit the suicide prevention resource page.