Mental Health Resources

Recognizing the Warning Signs
That Someone May be at Immediate Risk for Attempting Suicide

  • Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves
  • Talking about feeling empty or hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or feeling that there are no solutions
  • Feeling unbearable emotional or physical pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
Sad Student
  • Giving away important possessions
  • Saying goodbye to friends and family
  • Putting affairs in order, such as making a will
  • Taking great risks that could lead to death, such as driving extremely fast
  • Talking or thinking about death often

Positive Mental Health Coping Skills

Positive Coping Skills Include:

  • Establishing a mindfulness and meditation practice.
  • Accessing mental health awareness programs and services.
  • Establishing a self-care practice; including healthy eating.
  • Asking for support from friends, family, or a professional.
  • Practicing time management & problem-solving skills.
  • Contact your school-site counselor and support staff.
Negative Mental Health Coping

Negative Coping Strategies to Avoid:

  • Substance Abuse
  • Self-medication
  • Violence and abuse
  • Self-Harm
  • Compulsivity
  • Dissociation
  • Catastrophizing
  • Isolating
Warning Sign

Warning Signs & Symptoms

  • Thinking of suicide
  • Excessive worrying, fear and sadness
  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
  • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger and changes in sleeping habits
  • Changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite
  • Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions or hallucinations, in which a person experiences and senses things that don't exist in objective reality)
  • Overuse of substances like alcohol or drugs

Resources to Contact for Help

For more resources, visit ESD's Mental Health & Wellness CONNECTIONS website at