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Help a friend

| March 7, 2014
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Friends can make all the difference. Learn the signs of depression and suicide.

Warning signs of depression & suicide may include:

  • Prolonged mood & behavior changes
  • Feeling hopeless or no sense of purpose
  • Withdrawing from friends, family
  • Reckless behavior
  • Change in appetite or sleep patterns
  • Anger/irritability
  • Anxiety/agitation
  • Talking or writing about death, suicide
  • Seeking access to guns, pills
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Giving away precious possessions

To help a friend, remember to:

ASK

  • Talk to your friend and ask him or her if they are feeling down,
    thinking of hurting themselves or thinking about suicide
  • LISTEN and do not judge their feelings.

Seek Help

  • Tell your friend that you care and will help her or him get help.
  • Then talk to an adult—like a teacher, counselor, mentor or parent—or call the
    number below.

Crisis

White Bird: 541-687-4000 (Local) 1-800-422-7558 (Toll-free)
Looking Glass Youth Crisis Line: 541-689-3111

Information/Resources

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Check out other resources on our site: www.preventionlane.org/suicide.htm

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