In a crisis or emergency, go to the nearest hospital emergency room, call

911 or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255.

Did you know?

• Suicide is the #1 leading cause of death, claiming more than

twice as many lives each year as homicide.

• On average, between 2001 and 2009, more than 33,000

Americans died each year as a result of suicide. This is more

than 1 person ever 15 minutes.

• Almost 16% of students in grades 9 to 12 report having seriously

considered suicide. 7.8% report having attempted suicide one or

more times in the past 12 months: If you have thoughts about suicide, don't

keep them secret. Get help right away. Tell your doctor, your family and your

friends. Have crisis hotline numbers, your doctor's emergency number and

other crisis resources at hand, posted by your home phone and programmed into

a cell phone.

Find Help Online at: The Texas Suicide Prevention

Council is a group of local suicide prevention coalitions and statewide

agencies that have joined together to implement the Texas Suicide'

Prevention Plan.

Warning Signs of Suicide

• Suicide threats

• Previous suicide-attempts

• Alcohol and drug abuse

• Statements revealing a desire-to die

• Sudden changes in behavior

• Prolonged depression

• Making final arrangements

• Giving away prized possessions

• Purchasing a gun or stockpiling pills

To Save A Life..

• Realize someone might be suicidal.

• Reach out. Asking the suicide question DOESNOT increase risk.

• Listen. Talking things out can save a life.

• Don't try to do everything yourself. Get others involved.

• Don't promise secrecy and don't worry about being disloyal.

If persuasion fails, call your mental health center, local

hotline or emergency services. If you feel suicidal or you need to help

someone else who does please call for help immediately. 1-800-273-8255