Sometimes we need help to get through challenging times. Here are signs that you may need to see a mental health provider to prevent suicide: (1) anxiety or agitation; (2) anger or rage; (3) hopelessness; (4) difficulty sleeping; (5) thoughts or feelings about death or dying; (6) increased alcohol or drug use; and (7) withdrawing from friends and family. If you or a loved one is thinking or talking about death, suicide or other self-destructive behavior, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. You never need prior authorization to get emergency help. The Veterans and Military Crisis Line provides confidential help 24/7 by calling 1-800-273-8255, option 1. Also, #BeThere is a Defense Department campaign that offers peer support at 1-844-357-7337.
For more articles and resources on mental health and suicide prevention, see the Military.com Suicide Prevention section.