Are you concerned someone you know may be thinking about suicide? Learn about common warning signs and what you can do to help keep them safe.
A risk factor is an event or characteristic that increases the likelihood that someone will have thoughts of suicide or suicidal behaviors.
IS PATH WARM is a simple way to remember some common warning signs that someone may be thinking about suicide. Talking about suicide is a difficult topic and someone thinking about suicide may not outwardly say “I am having thoughts of suicide”. Instead, they may show warning signs which signal to those around them that they need help.
How You Can Help
If your loved one is in need of an emergency room with psychiatric services or a mobile crisis team, access those resources by county here.
1. Take all mentions of suicide seriously.
2. Express to your loved one that they are not alone.
3. Lead them to helpful resources such as the Maryland Crisis Hotline at 1-800-422-0009.
4. Help them schedule and keep appointments with their doctor or therapist/mental health professional.
5.Suggest they download a suicide prevention app. There are apps caregivers can download that provide information on warning signs, risk factors, and how to prepare for a conversation with your loved one.
6.Check in regularly with your loved one.