My friend is talking about suicide

Rachel’s Challenge does not provide direct response for someone who is having thoughts about suicide. But, if your friend has shown any of the signs listed below, encourage him or her to find a trusted adult who will listen to them and will stick with them to work through their situation. If that is difficult for your friend to do, ask them to watch this video.

Another option is to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline – 1-800-273-8255 This is a free call and operates 24/7.

And, if your friend is in immediate danger, call 911 or tell an adult, now. Your friend may get upset with you for a time, but they will thank you later.

Is your friend showing any of these signals?

  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Feeling hopeless or helpless
  • Feeling strong anger or rage
  • Feeling trapped -- like there is no way out of a situation
  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes
  • Abusing drugs or alcohol
  • Acting impulsively
  • Losing interest in most activities
  • Experiencing a change in sleeping habits
  • Experiencing a change in eating habits
  • Losing interest in most activities
  • Losing interest in performing in school
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Feeling excessive guilt or shame
  • Acting recklessly

These actions can actually be expressions of “Help me.”

What is most important is to let your friend know that they are not alone and that there are options other than taking their own life. And for you, a caring friend, the very best you can do is to keep your friend talking with someone about their situation.

You can also check out these websites with your friend. Others have struggled with similar issues, and there is lots of information available to you. Encourage your friend to take some time and consider all of the options.

"Even if life seems hopeless, there are options?Click Here
When it seems there is nothing else to do. Click Here
Part of the problem may be extreme depression. How can you tell?  Click Here

Rachel understood the frustrations of being a teenager. She wrote about them in her diary. Check out what she said…

"I had my ups and downs, and I fell a few times. But, I did not give up. Don't give up..."

She was writing to your friend. Dont give up!

She also wrote everyone being valuable and having something to give to others...

"Everyone has good inside..."