Suicide effects people of all ages and doesn't always mean someone is mentally ill.
Look for warning signs. People who consider suicide as an option often talk about feeling hopeless or lost. Sometimes they try to organize their life as if they are creating a will by giving others their belongings or saying goodbye. They can experience strong self-hatred and be withdrawn from social interactions.
Here in Alabama, suicide is even more common than in the rest of the country - and we should do anything it takes to turn it in the other direction.
If you know someone displaying more than one of these signs, take the time to help. Sit down and talk to them about what's going on. Advocate for professional help if needed.
National Suicide Prevention: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)