Suicide Warning Signs
Suicide warning signs are not always obvious. Some people make their intentions clear, while others keep suicidal thoughts and feelings secret. That’s why it’s important to listen carefully and pay attention to what people say.
THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR:
- Talking or writing about suicide. Making statements such as, “I’m going to kill myself,” “I wish I was dead,” or “I am just so tired of life”.
- Using strong words like “nothing”, “everything”, “always”, “never” more often.
- Buying guns or knives, or stockpiling pills
- Withdrawing from social contact
- Severe mood swings
- Thinking constantly about death, dying or violence
- Depression or a sense of hopelessness
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Changing normal routine, including eating and sleeping patterns
- Doing risky or self-destructive things, such as using drugs or driving recklessly
- Giving away belongings or getting affairs in order
- Saying goodbye to people as if for the last time
ADDITIONAL RISK FACTORS
- Stress over school, relationships, expectations
- Previous suicide attempts — almost half of teens who commit suicide had made previous attempts
- Family history of abuse, suicide or violence
- A recent loss such as a death, break-up or parents’ divorce
- Being bullied or being a bully; Cyber bullying
- An estimated 75% to 90% of adolescent suicide deaths are associated with mental illness
- LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) are 4 times more likely to make a suicide attempt than their peers
Learn How to Help
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Suicide prevention resources
Know the Signs
Learn the warning signs – Find the words – Reach out
safeTALK Suicide Alertness Classes
Free, 3-hour training sessions for schools
Click here to learn more.
Is anyone in immediate danger?
Call 911 and ask for a CIT Officer.
Are you feeling suicidal or in despair?