Am I or a friend at risk for suicide?

If you (or a friend) are concerned about being at risk for suicide the following information will.  Any of the following signs are serious enough to reach out for help. 

Most young people who are feeling depressed or desperate enough to consider suicide give clues to how they're feeling.

Verbal Signs

  • "I want to kill myself."
  • "I don't want to be here anymore."
  • "No one understands me."
  • "I can't take it anymore."
  • "Things will never get better."
  • "I'm tired of being a burden to my friends and family."
  • "No one would miss me if I were gone."
  • “ I’m not going to kill myself, but I just can’t take it any more”

Physical Changes

  • Losing or gaining weight quickly
  • Suddenly not caring about appearances or cleanliness
  • Unexplained cuts, scrapes or bruises
  • Appearing tired all the time

Acting Differently

  • Changes in mood: more withdrawn, anxious or sad, or sudden mood lift after a down period
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Suddenly taking more risks: not taking prescribed medication, driving drunk, ignoring physical limitations, having unprotected sex, using more drugs or alcohol
  • Loss of concentration
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Losing interest in things that used to be enjoyed
  • Not planning for the future
  • Hurting oneself on purpose
  • Thinking and talking about death a lot
  • Unexplained good-byes or unusual personal expressions that have a sense of closure


  • Recently having lost a loved one, relationship or job
  • Having family troubles
  • Having questions or worries about being gay, bisexual or transgender
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Problems in an important relationship
  • Problems at work or school
  • Social isolation
If you have any of these concerns for yourself or a friend talk to a trusted adult, parent, or teacher.  A parent, teacher, counselor, religious leader, medical doctor, or someone who you know cares about you and can help you get help.  If you have any of the signs of wanting to kill or hurt yourself please call:  Riverside Emergency Services at 781 769-8674 Or 911 Right Away. 


Hurting yourself is NEVER
the right answer.
There are people who can help.

For immediate help call
911 or

Riverside Emergency Services

Newton Wellesley Hospital

To talk with someone call
Samariteen Hotline
1-800-252-TEEN (8336)

Samaritan Helpline
1-877-870-HOPE (4673)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Support and Help Around You