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Call National Suicide Hotline (800) 273-TALK or (800) 273-8255 for help.If you are in crisis and need immediate assistance, call either:

  • 911  - or -
  • St. Vincent's Crisis Team at (914) 925-5959  - or -
  • (800) 273-TALK (8255) the National Suicide Hotline

at any time to reach a person who can help you. Professional standards of confidentiality are followed by both services.

If someone is in imminent danger of hurting themselves or someone else, call 911.

Any of the following could be potential warning signs for suicide:

  • Change in personality - becoming sad, withdrawn, irritable, anxious, tired, indecisive, apathetic
  • Change in behavior - can't concentrate on school, work, routine tasks
  • Change in sleep pattern - oversleeping or insomnia, sometimes with early waking
  • Change in eating habits - loss of appetite and weight, or overeating
  • Loss of interest in friends, sex, hobbies, activities previously enjoyed
  • Worry about money, illness (real or imaginary)
  • Fear of losing control, "going crazy," harming self or others
  • Feelings of overwhelming guilt, shame, self-hatred
  • No hope for the future;"It will never get better, I will always feel this way."
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Recent loss of a loved one through death, divorce, separation, broken relationship; or loss of job, money, status, self-confidence, self-esteem
  • Loss of religious faith
  • Nightmares
  • Suicidal impulses, statements, plans; giving away favorite things; previous suicide attempts or gestures
  • Agitation, hyperactivity, restlessness may indicate masked depression