1) First recognize the signs. The pamphlet explains that recognizing signs of suicide can be difficult. If you have a sense something is wrong, go with your feelings.
This our clues to look for:
Talking about suicide or wanting to die
Feeling without hope, desperate or trapped
Giving away possessions
Rage or anger
Increase in consumption of alcohol or drugs
Distancing self from others
Feeling anxious or agitated
Change in sleep pattern
Sudden changes in humor
2) Second is to communicate, to talk; to ask "Are you thinking of suicide" This pamphlet suggests starting the conversation. Mention the things you have observed, the things that are worrying you. Ask are you thinking of suicide, listen.
3) Look for help. This pamphlet suggests
911 for emergency situations,
for advice and direction
The national hotline is