- Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline: 800-422-0009
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALk
- Life Crisis Hotline: 410-749-4357
- Yellow Ribbon Program: www.yellowribbon.org
- U Life Line: www.ulifeline.org
- Go Ask Alice: www.goaskalice.columbia.edu
Know the signs:
- Observable signs of serious depression:
- Unrelenting low mood.
- Anxiety, psychological pain and inner tension.
- Withdrawal or lack of interest in usual activities.
- Sleep problems.
- Increased alcohol and/or other drug use.
- Recent impulsiveness and taking unnecessary risks.
- Threatening suicide or expressing a strong wish to die.
- Making a plan:
- Giving away prized possessions.
- Sudden or impulsive purchase of a firearm.
- Obtaining other means of killing oneself such as poisons or medications.
- Unexpected rage or anger.
Don't be afraid to ask
Many people experiencing depression feel overwhelmed by roles and activities related to family, social and work matters and may not feel they have much to live for. Their future may seem unmanageable. Due to feelings of worthlessness or guilt they may believe their family would be better off without them.
If you think one of your friends or classmates may be thinking of killing themselves:
- Never promise to keep someone's thoughts to kill him- or herself a secret.
- If you think a person is in danger, you need to tell someone who can intervene.
You can be a lifesaver
If a friend or loved one is threatening, talking about or making plans for suicide, these are signs of an acute crisis. Do not leave the person alone and remove from the vicinity any firearms, drugs or sharp objects that could be used for suicide. Then, call 911 or the Life Crisis Hotline at 410-749-4357 for assistance. Your actions can save a life.