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Suicide Prevention Information


There is no single cause of suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed the current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition.

Warning Signs – Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these, seek help by talking to an adult or calling the Lifeline.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Extreme mood swings
Risk Factors are characteristics that make it more likely that someone will consider, attempt, or die by suicide. They can’t cause or predict a suicide attempt, but they’re important to be aware of.

  • Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and certain personality disorders
  • Alcohol and other substance use disorders
  • Hopelessness
  • Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
  • History of trauma or abuse
  • Major physical illnesses
  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • Family history of suicide
  • Job or financial loss
  • Loss of relationship(s)
  • Easy access to lethal means
  • Local clusters of suicide
  • Lack of social support and sense of isolation
  • Stigma associated with asking for help
  • Lack of healthcare, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment
  • Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma
  • Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and Internet)
Protective Factors are the positive conditions, personal and social resources that promote well-being and reduce the potential for youth suicide as well as other related high-risk behaviors. The following actions decrease risk factors and promote resiliency.

  • Connections and contact with a caring adult
  • A sense of connection or participation in school, whether activities or a social group
  • Positive self-esteem and coping skills
  • Access to and care for mental/physical/substance abuse disorders
  • Decision making skills
  • Positive relationship with peers
  • Emotional and behavioral management
  • Conflict resolutions skills

For urgent assistance immediately contact 9-1-1

  • Lawrence County Crisis Line – 724.652.9000
  • Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Lifeline – Textline TEXT – TALK to 741-741