Together we can reduce the risk of youth suicide.
If you are concerned about someone, please watch the video on the right and then follow these four steps.
STEP 1: Be observant
Warning Signs and Risk Factors. If you notice any of these signs, don’t wait.
- A previous suicide attempt or self-harm
- Current talk about suicide or making a plan
- Bullied at school or through the internet
- Giving away prized possessions
- Displaying signs of depression: moodiness, hopelessness, withdrawal
- Recent suicide of a friend or family member
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Ready access to firearms
- Impulsiveness and taking unnecessary risks
- Lack of connection to friends or family
- Recent break-up with girl or boyfriend
- Sexual orientation worries
- High or low academic achievement
STEP 2: Show that you care
Even though you may be nervous or feel uncomfortable, take a deep breath and be present.
- People who are feeling suicidal need to feel validated and cared for
- Listen with an open heart and mind
- Show empathy and compassion
STEP 3: Ask the tough questions
Trust your intuition. You won’t make things worse by asking directly. In fact, it helps.
- Are you thinking about killing yourself?
- Do you want to die?
- Are you thinking about how you would hurt yourself?
- Do you really want to be dead or do you need something to change?
STEP 4: Get some help
- Call the SKY Center today: 505-473-6191
- 24 hour crisis lines: 1-855-NMCRISIS (662-7474) / 1-855-227-5485 (tty)
- Agora Crisis Center Albuquerque, NM: 1-800-273-8255
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Response of Santa Fe: 1-888-920-6333
- Emergency: 911