Updated: Jan 11, 2020
Suicide is a major public health problem and a leading cause of
death in the United States. The effects of suicide go beyond the person who acts to take
his or her life: it can have a lasting effect on family, friends, and communities.
Waning Signs Verbal suicide threats such as, “You’d be better off without me.” or “Maybe I won’t be around”
Expressions of hopelessness and helplessness
Previous suicide attempts
Daring or risk-taking behavior
Giving away prized possessions
Lack of interest in future plans
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Veterans can access the
Veteran Crisis Line by calling the national line and pressing 1. Anyone can also text the crisis line by
sending TALK to 741741, or chat online at www.chat.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.