Recognizing suicide risk

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 24, 2012

Warning signs of suicide risk

  • Hopelessness, feeling like there’s no way out.
  • Anxiety, agitation, mood swings.
  • Sleeplessness.
  • Rage or anger.
  • Engaging in risky activities without thinking.
  • Increasing drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Withdrawing from family and friends.

The following signs require immediate intervention:

  • Thinking about hurting or killing yourself.
  • Looking for ways to kill yourself.
  • Talking about death, dying or suicide.
  • Self-destructive behavior with drugs or weapons.

How to reach the Veterans Crisis Line

Text: Send a message to 838255.
Phone: Dial 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1 for the dedicated veterans hotline).
Chat: Visit veteranscrisisline.net.


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