Warning Signs of Depression & Suicide

| March 7, 2014

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
  • Sudden happiness in someone who has been depressed

To help a friend, remember to:


  • 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.


911: Imminent danger to self or others

CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On the Streets):  non-emergency mobile crisis intervention.  541-682-5111 (Eugene); 541-726-3714 (Springfield)

Hourglass Community Crisis Center: 541/505-8426: Short-term mental health crisis assessment & stabilization for adults, 24 hours/day

Mental Health Crisis Response Program: 1-888-989-9990 (for parents of children through age 17)

White Bird: 541-687-4000; 1-800-422-7558 (24-hour local crisis line)

Looking Glass Youth & Family Crisis Line: 541-689-3111

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1- 800-273-8255 (press 1 for Veterans Crisis Line)

Trevor Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386 (for LGBTQ youth)



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

Category: Suicide

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