For health's sake · Suicide Prevention

How to recognize signs of suicide in others (and what you can do)

Every day, 132 people in the United States die by suicide. Based on statistics from 2018, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the nation, making it a public health crisis of epidemic proportions.

Because suicide is a widespread problem, it’s vital to be able to dispel suicide myths, recognize suicide risk factors and know how to talk with someone who shows signs of suicide. By better understanding suicide realities, you may be able to help someone struggling find hope – and save a life in the process.

For Health’s Sake spoke with Kesha Marson, a clinic therapist at Amery Hospital & Clinic, about the essentials of suicide prevention. Kesha reviewed:

  • Who’s most at risk for dying by suicide
  • Suicide warning signs – both general and immediate
  • What to say to someone who you think may be considering suicide
  • Where you can find more resources for suicide prevention

Starting the conversation about suicide and mental health can help us all lead safer, healthier lives. Listen in to get crucial information on suicide prevention, and visit to learn more about reducing mental health stigma.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call 911 in an emergency, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for confidential support 24/7.