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Suicide is devastating. Do your part to help prevent suicide by learning the warning signs and risk factors.

Warning signs to watch for

If a loved one displays any of these warning signs, especially if there is a change in behavior or a new behavior, get help immediately.

  • Acting anxious, agitated or reckless
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Talking about feeling hopeless, having no purpose or being a burden to others
  • Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain
  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself, or looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated

Factors for greater risk

Certain conditions or situations can place people at greater risk of suicide, including:

  • Adverse childhood experiences, like abuse and neglect
  • Bullying
  • Criminal, legal or financial problems
  • Family history of suicide
  • Giving away important possessions
  • Impulsive or aggressive tendencies
  • Job problems or loss
  • Mental disorders, like depression
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Relationship problems, like a break-up, violence or loss
  • Serious illness
  • Sexual violence
  • Social isolation
  • Substance Use Disorder
  • Traumatic event

Get help, 24/7

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free, confidential support with a skilled, trained counselor, 24/7. Chat online with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-8255 or text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

Asking for help can be challenging, but you’re not alone.

Call 1-800-991-5579, 24/7.

The dedicated Horizon Behavioral Health care team will work with you, your family, caretakers and doctors to make sure you get the most from your benefits to get the treatment and support you need.

You can also find a behavioral health professional online.