Information and education are key to preventing suicide. You can make a difference by learning more about suicide, and educating yourself about risk factors and warning signs. Asking someone if they are thinking about suicide does not increase their risk of a suicide attempt. You may save a life by listening and connecting someone to help.
Seek immediate help from the Maine Crisis Hotline (1-888-568-1112) or call 9-1-1 if someone is:
- Threatening to hurt or kill themselves
- Seeking means to kill themselves, such as accessing a gun, high-potency medications, or other lethal methods
- Talking, writing, or posting on social media about plans to die by suicide
Additional warning signs for suicide may include:
- Withdrawing from family, friends, and co-workers
- Recklessness or engaging in high-risk activities
- Increased alcohol or drug use
- Anxiety, agitation, and changes in sleep patterns
- Extreme mood swings
- Showing rage or talking about revenge
- Talking about feeling trapped, or worry about being a burden on others
For more information about suicide warning signs, and how you can help someone who may be at risk of suicide, visit the Help Someone Else section of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.