Many of us have had moments when we don’t want to go on or think we just can’t deal with how we’re feeling anymore. Sometimes those thoughts go further and people start thinking seriously about ending their lives. If you or someone you know has reached that level of hopelessness, you have to speak up or reach out for help now. You aren’t alone in those feelings and there are ways to feel better.

Most people who are suicidal don’t actually want to die. They just can’t see any other way to end their pain. Almost all people who die by suicide are suffering from a mental health condition like depression, even though they may not know it.  Other emotional problems — such as anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, or eating disorders — can lead to thoughts of suicide. Identifying and treating these conditions can reduce those feelings of hopelessness and loneliness and show us that there are other ways to deal with the pain.

Many people who die by suicide have given warnings of their intentions to family and friends. Most suicidal people are undecided about living or dying. Part of them wants to live. Another part feels trapped or hopeless. They sometimes gamble with death — talking about or attempting suicide in a way that leaves room for other people to save them. That’s why understanding the warning signs, and acting quickly to get help, is so important.

No matter how bad it seems, there is hope. Conditions like depression are treatable and, together, we can prevent suicides.

Learn the warning signs of suicide and how to prevent it.