MARY ANN STEINKE-MOORE | AUTHOR
“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.”
Are you concerned a friend might be at risk for suicide? Notice the FACTS warning signs:
eelings—expressing hopelessness about the future
ctions—displaying severe/overwhelming pain or distress
hanges—withdrawing from friends; anger or hostility; changing sleep patterns
hreats—talking about, writing about, or making plans for suicide
ituations—experiencing stressful situations including loss, change, personal humiliation, trouble at home, school or with the law. These can serve as triggers for suicide.
If you notice any of these warning signs you can help!
Express your concern about what you are observing in their behavior.
Ask directly about suicide.
Encourage them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1 800 273-TALK)
Involve an adult they trust.
And if you have
concern about someone’s safety, call 911 right away!
(This information is from the FACTS handout available in the
Making Educators Partners
*If a friend is talking or even joking about suicide, it is important to find them help promptly.
Organizations that can help
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 800 273-TALK
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (supports survivors)
American Association of Suicidology
Resources from the Columbus Recovery Center
When Nothing Matters Anymore: a Survival Guide for Depressed Teens
by Bev Cobain
Why People Die by Suicide
by Thomas Joiner
“You’re Gonna Be Okay” from the album
After All These Years
by Brian and Jenn Johnson
Photo Credit: Lisa Schmidtgoessling
MARY ANN STEINKE-MOORE
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