Warning Signs

Learning the warnings signs of suicide could save a Life. There’s no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors and health issues converge to create an experience of hopelessness and despair. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide. Yet it’s important to note that most people who actively manage their mental health conditions go on to engage in life.

Something to look out for when concerned that a person may be suicidal is a change in BEHAVIOR or the presence of entirely new BEHAVIORS. Most who take their lives exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do.

 

Know the Signs

 

  • Talking or writing about wanting to die

  • Feeling hopeless

  • Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain

  • Looking for a way to kill themselves

  • Talking about being a burden

  • Acting anxious or agitated

  • Increase in anger or rage

  • Withdrawal

  • Changes in Sleep

  • Risky, Reckless Behavior

  • Excessive drinking or Substance abuse

  • Unexplainable physical pain

  • Saying goodbye

  • Giving away possessions