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Warning Signs of Suicide

Understanding the warning signs, risk factors, and protective factors associated with suicide is essential for identifying individuals who may be at risk. It’s important to note that suicide is a complex issue influenced by various factors, and no single factor or set of factors can predict it with absolute certainty.

Call 911 or your local emergency service if you see or hear the following:

Warning Signs

Warning signs of suicide are observable behaviors, actions, or expressions that may indicate that someone is at risk of attempting or thinking about suicide.

In a crisis? Call or text 988.

SAVE does not provide emergency or crisis intervention. If you are located in the United States, call 911 for medical emergencies. Call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988 if you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Risk Factors

Risk factors for suicide are characteristics or circumstances that increase an individual’s likelihood of experiencing suicidal thoughts or engaging in suicidal behaviors. Having risk factors does not necessarily mean a person will attempt suicide.

Protective Factors

Protective factors are characteristics, conditions, or factors that can reduce an individual’s risk of suicide.

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