Suicide Prevention Resources

IF YOU ARE IN CRISIS, WHETHER YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT SUICIDE OR NOT, CALL THE 24/7 LIFELINE: 
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Press 1 if you are a veteran

Virginia Suicide Prevention Crisis Centers: 

Crisis Link: Arlington, VA 22204.
Phone 703-527-4077

Crisis Center: Bristol, VA 24203.
Phone 276-466-2312

Helpline ACTS: Dumfries, VA 22026.
Phone 703-368-4141

90% of all people who die by suicide have a treatable mental illness. Know the warning signs and risks! The risk of suicide is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these signs, seek help as soon as possible by calling the Lifeline.

Signs:

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

Risk Factors for Suicide:

  • Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and certain personality disorders.
  • Alcohol and other substance use disorders.
  • Hopelessness.
  • Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies.
  • History of trauma or abuse.
  • Major physical illnesses.
  • Previous suicide attempt.
  • Family history of suicide.
  • Job or financial loss.
  • Loss of relationship.
  • Easy access to lethal means.
  • Lack of social support and sense of isolation.
  • Stigma associated with asking for help.
  • Lack of health care, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment.
  • Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma.
  • Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and Internet).

Reference: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (2012), www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org