Suicide Prevention Awareness - Warning Signs & Resources

By Janie Duke, Publisher, Macaroni Kid Rancho Cucamonga April 19, 2019


  • 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.  


  • 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 866-488-7386 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)

Parents, Teachers, School Counselors

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: (678) 220-0090.   The Will to Live Foundation also contributed.

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