There are observable warning signs of a suicidal crisis needing immediate attention and other situations where help is needed.
Observable and strong signs of a suicidal crisis needing immediate attention
If someone is:
- threatening to hurt or kill themselves
- looking for the means (gun, pills, rope etc) to kill themselves
- talking or writing about death, dying or suicide.
Action: Call 000. Do not leave the person alone.
Indication of suicide where professional help is needed
Someone showing signs of :
- persistent crying
- loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities
- rage, anger, seeking revenge
- acting reckless/engaging in risky activities
- feeling trapped (like there is no way out)
- increasing alcohol or drug use
- withdrawing from friends, family or society
- anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep/sleeping all the time
- giving away possessions
- dramatic changes in mood, or
- no reason for living, no sense of purpose in life.
Action: Seek help for someone by contacting your GP or call Open Arms on 1800 011 046.