You aren’t alone,
and there are ways to feel better.
Below you’ll find a list of warning signs of emotional health issues and suicide. If you are worried about yourself or a friend, don’t ignore that instinct. Take the first step of talking to someone you trust about how you’re feeling, reaching out to your doctor or a therapist, or texting HOME to 741741 (or calling 1-800-273-8255) for a free conversation with a trained counselor 24/7.
You can also contact The Trevor Project, specializing in supporting the LGBTQ community: call 866.488.7386 or text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200.
If you’re outside of the United States, here are some resources and phone lines that could help:
- Depression or apathy that interferes with obligations or participating in social activities
- Lack of coping skills around day-to-day problems or extreme reactions to certain situations
- Extreme highs, referred to as mania, that may include rushed thoughts, bursts of energy, sleeplessness and compulsive behavior (like excessive spending or promiscuous sexual behavior)
- Severe anxiety or stress
- Constant feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
Here are some warning signs of suicide:
- Rage, uncontrolled anger, or seeking revenge
- Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
- Feeling trapped or like there’s no way out
- Increased alcohol or drug use
- Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
- Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
- Dramatic mood changes
- Expressing no reason for living or no sense of purpose in life
- Prior suicide attempts