Am I or a friend at risk for suicide?

Most young people who are feeling depressed or are desperate enough to consider suicide show signs. If you or a friend exhibits any of the following signs, please seek help immediately.
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 anymore"

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  • Changes in mood: more withdrawn, anxious or sad, or sudden mood lift after a down period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 were once 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 parent, teacher, counselor, religious leader, medical doctor, or a trusted adult who can help.  If you have are considering killing or hurting yourself, call:  911 or Riverside Emergency Services at (781) 769-8674


Hurting yourself is NEVER the answer. There is help available…talk to someone now

For immediate help call

Riverside Emergency Services

Newton Wellesley Hospital

Samariteen Hotline
1-800-252-TEEN (8336)

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

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