Suicide is the act of intentionally taking one’s own life. It is a serious and complex problem that affects individuals, families, and communities worldwide. Risk factors for suicide can include mental health conditions, substance abuse, a history of trauma or abuse, chronic pain, and social isolation. Warning signs of suicide may include talking about wanting to die, feeling hopeless or trapped, increased use of drugs or alcohol, changes in mood or behavior, and withdrawing from friends or activities. It is important to seek help if you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or behavior. Support is available through mental health professionals, crisis hotlines, and suicide prevention organizations.