Suicidal Thoughts

Many who are struggling with thoughts of suicide suffer in silence, feeling hopeless and alone. People who try to take their own lives are often trying to escape from a situation that seems impossible to deal with. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the US, claiming over 44,000 lives per year. The National Suicide Prevention Line provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals, at 1.800.273.8255. Please call us immediately at 972.596.5445 if you or some you know is thinking about suicide. In the case of an emergency, dial 911.

Suicide and suicidal behaviors usually occur in people with one or more of the following conditions:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Drugs or alcohol use
  • Borderline Personality Disorder

Warning signs: Often, but not always, a person may show certain signs and behaviors before a suicide attempt, such as:

  • Feeling hopeless or guilty, or having trouble concentrating or thinking clearly
  • Giving away belongings or talking about the need to "get my affairs in order"
  • Suddenly changing behavior, especially calmness after a period of anxiety
  • Pulling away from friends or losing interest in activities they used to enjoy
  • Self-destructive behaviors, such as heavily drinking alcohol or using illegal drugs
  • Changing sleep or eating habits or suddenly having trouble at work or school
  • Talking about death or suicide, or attempting to hurt themselves
  • Arranging ways to take their own life (such as buying a gun or pills)
  • Always take suicide attempts and threats seriously.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1.800.273.8255. In the case of an emergency, dial 911.