- Talking about wanting to die
- Looking for a way to kill oneself
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious, agitated or reckless
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings
The more of these signs someone exhibits, the greater the risk.
IF YOU SEE A FRIEND IN NEED – REMEMBER TO “ACT”
- Acknowledge (take seriously)
- Care (Show the good & Love)
- Tell a Trusted Adult
So if you see or know someone with any of these warning signs, here is what you can do: WHAT TO DO & RESOURCES
Do not leave the person alone
Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
- Visit the Suicide is Preventable website
- Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or chat with them online
- Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Teen Line between 6 pm - 10 pm at 800-852-8336or 800-TLC-TEEN 7 days/week. After 10 pm, it goes directly to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
- Text 741741 and be connected to a person trained in crisis
- Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
- For those 24 years and younger suffering from gender identity issues, call the Trevor Line at or chat with them online
- Visit the Stop Bullying website
- Call WeTip Hotline 855-86-BULLY (28559)
- GEORGIA CRISES & ACCESS LINE –(1-800-715-4225)
- Visit the Will To Live Foundation
- Text4Help Fulton County Schools
Some Places To Go For Help (North Atlanta)
- Peachford Hospital has a 24-hour crisis line at 770-454-2302.
- Visit the Summit Counseling Center. Please Note: Summit Counseling Centers Are Open During Business Hours Only (M-F 9-5) You can reach them at
- Ridgeview Institute offers 24 hours 7 days a week assessments.
Parents, Teachers, School Counselors
- The Georgia Suicide Prevention Information Network
- High Schools – Suicide Prevention Kit
- Prevention Intervention and Aftercare: Visit SPAN-GA (Suicide Prevention Action Network) Its focus is on creating public awareness and public/political will to provide resources to implement the GA State Suicide Prevention Plan!
- Visit “SAVE” Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
- Help Stop Teen Suicide from Healthy Children
- If you have a tween or teen, I highly recommend subscribing to and following Parenting Today's Teens by Mark Gregston. He is the founder of Heartlight Ministries and offers parenting advice on 89.7 KSGN regularly. Parenting Today's Teens offers help and hope to parents and teens in today's world. Mark is full of wisdom and advice on parenting older children and has a ranch in Texas for troubled teens. He even offered a free online parenting class earlier this year after being featured in the movie Connect.
- Click HERE to download Parenting Today's Teens App and access a world of parenting advice with a fingertip.
- Click HERE for an article he wrote on dealing with a struggling teen. It is a perfect addition to this article.
I Wish You Knew If you’ve lost someone to suicide, then you didn’t get a chance to say your last loving goodbye. But what if you said it now? And what if somebody else heard you? What if you could change the course of a life by sharing that one special thing you wished your loved one knew? Someone else is in need. Someone else is listening. Share your wish and be heard.
Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Most people who die by suicide do exhibit warning signs. Fortunately, there are many resources and treatment options available. In order to prevent this from happening again, I want to make sure we as a community know the warning signs, do what we can to help when we see them and make sure we all have this list of resources to share with anyone who may need them either now or in the future.
Kathleen Shack, M.S., LMFT from Family Solutions Counseling, LLC contributed to the article. Ms. Shack is located at 3534 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30005 and can be reached by email or phone: The Will to Live Foundation also contributed.
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