Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention SUHSD Board Policy 5141.52

If someone you know exhibits signs of suicide:

  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
  • Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.8255
  • Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional

Warning Signs of Suicide:

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated, or recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings


The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk.  Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be what causes a suicide.



A:  Ask – Do not be afraid to ask, “Are you thinking about hurting yourself?”

I:  Intervene – Take action, listen and let the person know he or she is not alone

D:  Don’t keep it a secret — Don’t promise confidentiality

L:  Locate help — Tell an Adult

I:  Immediately – Do not wait to involve the adult immediately

F:  Be a Friend — Listen to your friend and offer hope

E:  Expedite – Get help NOW



If you or a friend is thinking about suicide, call:
California Youth Crisis Line:  1-800-843-5200
San Diego Crisis Hotline:  1-888-724-7240