In 2002, more than 30,000 Americans committed suicide. Suicide occurs almost twice as often as homicide; and is the second leading cause of death in all U.S. teens. There is no single identifiable cause of suicide, but prevention can help save countless lives. The first step in helping to save lives may be as simple as learning the FACTS, or warning signs.
Feelings: Expressing hopelessness about the future.
Actions: Displaying severe/overwhelming pain or distress.
Changes: Showing worrisome behaviors or marked changes in behavior, including withdrawal from
friends, changes in social activities, anger, hostility, or changes in sleep patterns.
Threats: Talking or writing about death, or making plans for suicide.
Situations: Experiencing stressful situations including those that involve loss, change, personal humiliation,
or getting into trouble at home, in school, or with the law. These types of situations
can serve as triggers for suicide.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline