What do I need to know about suicide?

It is normal for some people to experience thoughts of suicide at some point in their lives. Most people who experience this are usually looking for a way to escape unbearable pain or to solve a problem where there seems to be no other solution. Suicidal thoughts tend to come with feelings of being overwhelmed, hopeless, or as if you are a burden to those around you.

Fortunately, there is help available for people who are experiencing thoughts of suicide. With the right treatment and support, most people who experience thoughts of suicide or those with suicidal attempts find recovery and go on to lead meaningful lives.

Warning Signs

What are some signs that someone may be thinking about suicide?

Most people who are thinking about suicide often express their thoughts in a variety of different ways. We can be aware of the things people say, the way people act, and their moods to help alert us to a possible suicide risk.
Listen for
  • Talk of suicide such as, “I wish I could sleep forever” or “if _____ happens, I don’t think I can do it anymore.”
  • Talk of hopelessness such as, “Why try anymore?" or "things are never going to get better.”
  • Talk of being a burden such as, “I keep messing up" or "my family would be better off without me.” 
Watch for changes in behavior
  • Negative changes in mood (depression, anxiety, humiliation, agitation, etc.)
  • Withdrawing from other people
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Changes in sleeping or eating patterns
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves such as searching online
  • Saying goodbye or tying up loose ends 

How To Help

How can I help someone I am concerned about?


Ask directly if they are considering suicide


Listen with empathy and concern, don't shame or condescend


Have contacts for help lines and local resources ready


Help them create a safe environment


Be a support for them and follow up to check on them

Lock up pills and firearms

Remove access to lethal means

Resources for Suicide Prevention

Help Lines

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline 24/7 free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24/7.

Help Lines

Behavioral Health Services Navigation Line

When you call the Intermountain Behavioral Health Services Navigation line, you can expect to talk to someone who can help you access your needs and connect you with the right resources.

Help Lines

SafeUT Crisis Line

SafeUT is a crisis chat and tip line that provides real-time crisis intervention for students, parents/guardians, and educators.

Intermountain Services

Access Centers

Intermountain Behavioral Health Access Centers provide psychiatric and crisis care and operate similar to an emergency room.

Intermountain Services

Emergency Rooms

If there is not a Behavioral Access Center near you and you are in crisis, you can get help at an Intermountain emergency department.

Mobile Apps

myStrength App

For self-guided mental health, access myStrength for free with registration code MYHEALTHPLUS. Download the app on Apple App Store/Google Play or:

Mobile Apps

SafeUT Frontline App

The SafeUT Frontline app provides a way for Utah’s law enforcement, fire/EMS, health care providers, and their families to confidentially connect to licensed mental health professionals.

Mobile Apps

SafeUT Crisis Line

SafeUT is a crisis chat and tip line that provides real-time crisis intervention for students, parents/guardians, and educators.


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Visit the AFSP for suicide prevention resources, survivor stories, and more.


National Institute of Mental Health

Learn more about suicide prevention and warning signs.


Live On

Live On provides resources for those struggling with suicidal ideation or other mental health concerns.


Treatment Locator

The Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator sponsored by the Subtance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration can you help you anonymously seek behavioral health treatment anywhere in the United States.