Suicide is preventable.

Talking with a friend or loved one who has thoughts of ending their life can be frightening. It can be hard to know how to help, but Foundation 2 is here for you. If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned about a friend who shows signs that they may be suicidal, Foundation 2 is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can coach you on ways to talk to a friend and will be a resource for your friend when they are ready to connect with help.

Warning Signs and Risk Factors

  • Making a suicide plan—the more specific the plan, the higher the risk
  • Statements revealing thoughts of death, such as “I won’t be around much longer,” “It’s hopeless,” or “I won’t be missed when I’m gone.”
  • Access to available means (firearms, medications)
  • Depression (crying, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, hopelessness, isolation, helplessness, anger at oneself or the world)
  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • Recent loss of a friend or family member through death or suicide
  • The anniversary date of a loss is approaching
  • Other losses, such as the loss of a parent through divorce, a job loss or an ended relationship
  • Giving or throwing away favorite possessions
  • No planning for the future
  • Use or increased use of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Sudden change in behavior—acts differently or personality seems to change for no obvious reason; becomes aggressive, destructive or defiant
  • Chronic headaches or stomachaches, fatigue
  • New involvement with high-risk activities
  • Sudden, dramatic decline or improvement in schoolwork
  • Chronic physical or mental illness or disability

How can you help someone showing warnings signs or at risk of suicide?