Suicide means a person intentionally takes their own life. Some people who end their lives may not want to do so, but they may feel like suicide is the only option that allows them to escape the immense pain and challenges in their life.
No one should feel like suicide is their only option. Suicide can be prevented. If you are feeling helpless or hopeless, help is available. You do not have to suffer alone.
If someone you know is thinking about suicide, they may withdraw, feel hopeless, or behave in a reckless way. Know what to look for.
If you think that a loved one or someone you care about may be considering suicide, it’s important to ask them directly. Even if you aren’t sure if they are showing warning signs for suicide, it’s still okay to ask – it could save their life. Learn how to ask.
How to find help
If you or someone you know is planning to hurt themselves, thinking about ending their own life, or is experiencing suicidal thoughts or ideas, reach out for help immediately.
There are resources available to help you and others stay safe. These supports are confidential. There are many places to get help. You can feel better.
In an emergency, call 9-1-1, or go to a hospital emergency room.