What are the warning signs?
|Your grades are dropping.|
|You don't enjoy the same activities that you once used to - things aren't fun anymore.|
|You're sleeping too much or not enough.|
|You're eating too much or not enough.|
|You feel hopeless.|
|You feel very moody - one moment you're happy and the next you are very sad.|
|You constantly feel irritable, sad or angry.|
|You have decided to gather pills.|
|You have gotten access to a gun.|
|You are now very interested or disinterested in religion.|
|You are using drugs and alcohol to feel better.|
If you find yourself saying, or hear someone else saying the following, please reach out to a trusted friend, parent or counselor.
- “I want to kill myself.”
- “I wish I were dead.”
- “I’m going to end it all.”
- “If (such and such) doesn’t happen, I’ll kill myself.”
- “I’m tired of life, I just can’t go on.”
- “My family would be better off without me.”
- “Who cares if I’m dead anyway.”
- “I just want out.”
- “I won’t be around much longer.”
- “Pretty soon you won’t have to worry about me.”
Don’t be afraid to speak up.
If you or someone you know exhibits any of the signs listed above seek help as soon as possible by contacting your school’s therapists/life skills specialists or by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.8255.
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