National Suicide Prevention Week: How To Identify Someone At Risk Online


This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. 

Did you know roughly one person dies of suicide every 40 seconds?

Source: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Although there is no single cause for suicide, according to the AFSP, it often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition.

Suicide prevention starts with us. By spreading resources like the ones below, we can all work together to become advocates for the better good.

One of the first hurdles to cross in establishing a process for suicidal community members is one of identification. How do you know if someone may be in suicidal crisis?

People often express one or more warning signs before attempting suicide. 

According to Suicide Prevention Lifeline: In general, a person expressing one or more of the following warning signs in a comment, message, profile, or post online may be considering suicide:

  • Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself
  • Expressing the desire to kill or injure themselves
  • Looking for information about methods of suicide
  • 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 (“People are better off without me”)
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
  • Talking about wishing to harm themselves
  • Expressing a heightened fixation with death or violence

For more information on Suicide Prevention, check out the websites for Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.