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Sometimes there may be obvious signs that someone is at risk of attempting suicide. However, this is often not the case.
A person may be at high risk of attempting suicide if they:
If the person has previously been diagnosed with a mental health condition, contact a member of their care team or the centre or clinic where they were being treated.
If you don't have these details, contact your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department and ask for the contact details of the nearest crisis resolution team (CRT). CRTs are teams of mental healthcare professionals, such as psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses, who work with people experiencing severe psychological and emotional distress.
While waiting for help to arrive, remove any possible means of suicide from the person's immediate environment, such as medication, knives or other sharp objects, household chemicals, such as bleach and ropes or belts.
A person may also be at risk of attempting suicide if they:
If you notice any of these warning signs in a friend, relative or loved one, encourage them to talk about how they are feeling.
Also share your concerns with your GP or a member of their care team, if they are being treated for a mental health condition.
Read more about helping someone with suicidal feelings.