Knowing the Signs


Morgan Moomey, Jr. Editor

Suicide has always been a taboo topic. It’s easier to not talk about “scary” subjects. But, it is important to bring awareness to these topics. According to, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death for all ages in the United States. Approximately 123 Americans die by suicide everyday. Knowing the warning signs of suicide can geninuely save a life.

Most of the time, someone who is suicidal is actively distancing themselves from their friends and family. Along with withdrawing from people, a suicidal person may also be drifting from activities that they used to enjoy. If you notice that someone is distant, there is no harm in reaching out via text message. If someone is actively talking about their death or being a burden, don’t hesitate to talk to them, or a trusted adult. It is important to always take these comments and remarks seriously. People who are actively suicidal often use humor to “cry out for help” without explicitly asking for help.  Even if nothing serious comes out of it, you would rather be safe than sorry. Any adult would appreciate you making sure that someone is safe even if suicidal ideation was never there. 

One myth about the subject of suicide is that talking about it will put that idea in their head. This is simply not true. Asking someone if they are having suicidal thoughts does not give them suicidal tendencies. There is a bigger risk in not talking to someone who may be in a crisis. 

Preventing suicide is always possible. This is attainable because of meaningful conversations and connections. Asking for help is very difficult for someone in that situation, so having someone else reach out first can save a life in a crisis. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, reach out to a trusted adult or mental health professional. If you or someone you know is in a crisis, never hesitate to all the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. One text message, one phone call or one in-person conversation can save a life.