Suicide Prevention

If you are in crisis or need immediate help, dial 911

Ask for Crisis Intervention Team or an officer trained in handling mental health cases. Click here for our helpful 911 Handout. For a list of crisis resources, click here.

National Suicide Prevent Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255
Para llamadas en Espanol – 1-888-628-9454
Call to speak with a trained counselor to help a loved one, a friend, or yourself.

How to Assess and Provide Help for Suicide Risk

Warning Signs

 Warning Signs of Suicide

These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss or change.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as 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.
  • Withdrawn or feeling isolated.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.
  • Preoccupation with death.
  • Suddenly happier, calmer.
  • Loss of interest in things one cares about.
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye.
  • Making arrangements; setting one’s affairs in order.
  • Giving things away, such as prized possessions.


What To Do

What You Can Do

Source: Mental Health America of Texas-Suicide Prevention

ASK About Suicide

If you suspect that someone you know is thinking about suicide, the best way to approach the situation is to ask.

  • Indirect- Sometimes when people are sad, as you are, they think about suicide. Have you ever thought about it? Do you want to go to bed and never wake up?
  • Direct – Have you thought about suicide? Do you want to kill yourself? Are you thinking about suicide?
  • Always ASK – it is the most important step. If you cannot do it, find someone who can.


Seek More Information

  • Seek a private area to talk and establish a relationship. Comment on what you see and observe non-judgmentally. 
  • Seek to find out if they are at immediate high risk of suicide. Take immediate steps to limit access to means and assure safety. Be aware of your own non-verbal reactions and tone of voice.
  • Help ensure the person’s safety and/or help them start to implement a safety plan 
  • With immediate risk of suicide, call 911 or get the person to the nearest hospital emergency room.


Know How And Where To Refer

  • Know where to refer nationally, in Texas and in your area, your school or your community.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. 
  • Texas Crisis Line Options – To find the number to the MHMR crisis line closest to you, log onto the DSHS website,
  • Other Local resources: hospitals, law enforcement, mobile outreach crisis teams.
  • If someone is at immediate risk, do not leave him or her alone. Call 911 for a mental health officer.

Visit our Crisis Resource page for more information about local resources.

How To Help Someone Who Is Threatening Suicide

(Source: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)

  • Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.
  • Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.
  • Be non-judgmental. Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad. Don’t lecture on the value of life.
  • Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
  • Don’t dare him or her to do it.
  • Don’t act shocked. This will put distance between you.
  • Don’t be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.
  • Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance.
  • Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.
  • Get help from persons or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

Resources and Information

 Resources and Information


About Suicide-learn about suicide warning signs and risk factors, statistics, and treatment



Youth Suicide– learn about the nature of suicide, who is at risk, and prevention



Fact Sheets


Reporting Social Media

Reporting Social Media

Report Suicidal Content


Report Self Harm


Report Self-Injury


Safety Concern


Suicide and Self-Injury


Safe Reporting Guidelines

For Journalists