The following warning signs of suicide demand IMMEDIATE attention.
- Threats to hurt or kill oneself, or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
- Talk or writing about suicide or death, when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
- Obtaining or looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
- Giving away prized possessions and other personal things
If you notice these signs in yourself or a friend, you should immediately call 1-800-273-8355 (TALK), the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, for a referral. If you cannot reach this contact, go to an emergency room or mental health walk-in clinic, make sure you are not alone until professional help arrives and be sure that any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt are removed.
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If you are in the New York area, and would like to speak to someone for support right now, call the Samaritans of New York at 212-673-3000.
The Samaritans of New York operates the only community-based organization in the New York City Metropolitan area devoted solely to preventing suicide and helping people in crisis through its confidential 24-hour suicide prevention hotline, which provides immediately accessible emotional support to individuals who feel overwhelmed, depressed or suicidal; public education programs; and support groups for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Visit www.samaritansnyc.org for more information.