Suicide is rarely a spur of the moment decision. In the days and hours before people kill themselves, there are usually clues and warning signs. Learn more now.
If you are in crisis, call 9-1-1.The following websites offer a wide variety of resources. Click on any of the links below to be taken to the organization’s home page.
- First Call Alcohol/Drug Prevention & Recovery
- Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center
- Missouri Department of Mental Health
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center (MO)
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center (KS)
Recognizing that someone may be contemplating suicide is the first step to getting the help they need. If you know someone whom you think may be contemplating suicide, show that you care:
- Listen to them with sincere concern for their feelings. Do not offer advice, but let them know that they are not alone.
- Share your feelings with them. If you feel that they may make a reckless decision, tell them that you are concerned. They need to know that they are important to you and that you care.
- Inquire if they have had suicidal thoughts or if they have made a suicide plan in a straightforward and caring manner. If you feel you cannot ask the question, find someone who can.
- Seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.