West Virginia Northern Community College

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Helping Others in Crisis

General Information

For Faculty, Staff, and Admin

For Parents and Families

For Students, Peers, and Community Members

 

In an emergency, call the Statewide 24-Hour Helpline at 844-HELP4WV or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

 

Warning Signs of Suicide

These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss or change.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, 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.
  • Withdrawn or feeling isolated.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

Additional Warning Signs of Suicide

  • Preoccupation with death.
  • Suddenly happier, calmer.
  • Loss of interest in things one cares about.
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye.
  • Making arrangements; setting one's affairs in order.
  • Giving things away, such as prized possessions.

A suicidal person urgently needs to see a doctor or mental health professional.

In an emergency, call the Statewide 24-Hour Helpline at 844-HELP4WV or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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