Suicide - How do I know if someone I love is suicidal?

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.

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Suicide – Why do I feel suicidal?

Are you feeling depressed? Need someone to talk to? TheHopeLine offers free confidential live chat with a HopeCoach to help you with what is going on in your life. We are here to listen and support you without judgment. 

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.

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