Warning signs someone may be thinking about suicide

Warning signs someone may be thinking about suicide

Warning signs

People who are thinking about suicide might:

  • Talk about suicide or death in general
  • Give hints that they might not be around anymore
  • Talk about feeling hopeless or feeling guilty
  • Pull away from friends or family
  • Write songs, poems or letters about death, separation and loss
  • Start giving away treasured possessions to siblings or friends
  • Lost the desire to take part in favorite things or activities
  • Have trouble concentrating or thinking clearly
  • Experience changes in eating or sleeping
  • Engage in risk-taking behavior
  • Lose interest in school or sports

Potential suicide victims usually exhibit signs like:

  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, pills or other means
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide when these actions are out of ordinary for the person
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in reckless behavior seemingly without thinking
  • Feeling trapped, like there’s no way out
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family and society
  • Feeling anxious, agitated or unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes
  • Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life

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