Samaritans of Merrimack Valley
SUICIDE PREVENTION &
POSTVENTION PROGRAMS
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Talking with someone at risk of suicide is the first step to helping the person.

Suicide Warning Signs

SUICIDE WARNING SIGNS


  • Hopelessness, helplessness, feeling like a burden
  • Preoccupation with death or suicide
  • Withdrawal from family, friends, sports, social activities
  • Drastic changes in behavior
  • Depression/anxiety/eating disorders
  • Giving away possessions
  • Taking unnecessary risks
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Lack of energy
  • Unable to think clearly, can’t make decisions, can’t see a future without pain
  • Loss of interest in work, school, hobbies, social activities
  • Declining school performance or increased absences from school
  • Changes in appetite, sleeping habits, personal appearance
  • Sudden cheerfulness after a period of depression
  • Recurring themes of death or self-destruction in writing assignments or art projects
  • Peer pressure, bullying, internet bullying
  • Financial worries
  • Self-imposed worries and stress about succeeding in school, sports, work

 

SUICIDE CRISIS
HELP LINES

Confidential Crisis Help Line:
1-866-912-HOPE (toll free)
OR 978-327-6607

Samaritans Statewide Help Line:
1-877-870-4673 (HOPE)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-8255 (TALK)