I’m worried about someone else
If you think someone you know is struggling, here is what to look out for, and what you can do.
There is no one sign that someone is considering suicide. Most people will show a combination of signs, while others will show few or no signs.
Never be afraid to open up a conversation about suicide if you have any reason for concern. It’s always better to ask someone if you think they are struggling.
It can be very difficult for someone who is struggling to reach out for help. The person you are worried about may be relieved that you opened up the conversation.
What to look out for
Changes or increases in any of the following things might be signs that someone needs support.
What they might talk about
- Thinking about suicide or wanting to die, even if it seems like they’re joking
- Having a plan or having thoughts about how they might end their life
- Having feelings of hopelessness, that things will never get better
- Feeling lonely or disconnected
- Saying that they don’t care about the future or that nothing matters
- Saying goodbye or saying that they’ll miss you
How they might behave
- Seeming angry, short-tempered or irritated
- Crying more frequently
- Withdrawing from activities they normally enjoy
- Not wanting to spend time with friends or loved ones
- Not sleeping well or sleeping a lot
- Changes to how they eat
- Using alcohol or substances more than usual
- Increased engagement in high risk behaviours such as reckless driving, dangerous sports or activities
- Giving away possessions or making plans for after their death
What you can do
Talk to the person you are worried aboutTalking to someone you're worried about
Don’t shy away from talking about suicide. Ask the person directly if they are thinking about ending their life – they will likely be relieved you brought it up. Please read these guidelines before you start a conversation, to ensure you are doing it supportively.
If it’s an emergency, call 911
If you are worried about someone and think their life may be at risk, please call 911 right away. If they are willing, you can also take them to your nearest emergency department. The FAQ section on our “what to expect when you contact us” page has more information about what happens after a 911 call is made.