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7 Signs Your Friend Might be Suicidal

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According to the World Health Organization, close to 800, 000 die by suicide each year. Not every person seeks help for suicidality, however, each person possesses unique warning signs that can range from subtle verbal cues to alarming behaviors. The warning signs of suicide are deeply personal and subjective. However, just like physical illness, there are risk factors that lead to the emergence of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. In this video, we will be discussing the episodic warning signs that your friend might be actively suicidal.

If you or someone you know may be suicidal, please reach out to the suicide hotline mentioned in the description below. If you want to learn more about this topic, we've also made a video on how to deal with suicidal thoughts to raise awareness: https://youtu.be/W0x-7El07iw

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Suicide Hotline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/) is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. It provides Spanish-speaking counselors, as well as options for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. It is only available in the United States.

A 24-hour an Online Chat in partnership with Contact USA is also available.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255, and in 2019, the use of 988 was approved.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (ESP) can be reached at 1-888-628-9454

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Deaf & Hard of Hearing Options) can be reached at 1-800-799-4889

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Pathak, N. (2018, June 8). Suicide warning signs: what to do and what to watch for. Web MD. https://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-recognizing-signs-of-suicide – 1
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