Suicide Resources

Suicide Awareness – Suicide is Responsible for 1 Death Every 11 Minutes…

Suicide can affect anyone. People of all genders, ages, and ethnicities can be at risk.  It is important to know the warning signs and most importantly—know that you are not alone.

If you or someone you know is showing any of the signs below, call the Suicide Prevention Helpline at 1-800-273-8255.  It is available 24/7 and will provide confidential, free support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you and your loved ones.  

The behaviors listed below may be signs that someone is thinking about suicide.

Warning Signs of Suicide

Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves Acting anxious or agitated
Planning or looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online, stockpiling pills, or newly acquiring potentially lethal items (e.g., firearms, ropes) Withdrawing from family and friends
Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no reason to live Changing eating and/or sleeping habits
Talking about great guilt or shame Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
Talking about feeling trapped or feeling that there are no solutions Taking risks that could lead to death, such as reckless driving
Feeling unbearable pain, both physical or emotional Talking or thinking about death often
Talking about being a burden to others Displaying extreme mood swings, suddenly changing from very sad to very calm or happy
Using alcohol or drugs more often Giving away important possessions
Saying goodbye to friends and family Putting affairs in order, making a will

All NS employees and their dependents have access to mental health benefits.  The NS Employee Assistance Program (EAP) team is available 24/7 by calling 844-215-4188 to answer your questions and navigate access to support needed.

Links to Information

5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain
How to Ask Someone About Suicide
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Institute of Mental Health
Sarah Michelle Peterson Foundation
Suicide Frequently Asked Questions
Symptoms and Self Care
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National Alliance on Mental Illness. (2020).