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  • Writer's pictureDeja Rose

Warning Signs of Suicide

Updated: Nov 16, 2023

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There can be a number of things that influence different signs of suicide. Knowing its meaning and how it effects others is important when considering the many ways suicide can be prevented. Warning signs can be related to the way someone talks, their behavior, and mood. It’s important to pay close attention to these signs because they could be overlooked. As soon as these signs are identified, please seek further assistance and help.

Warning Signs: A person may discuss the following when dealing with depression and having suicidal thought:

  • Killing themselves

  • Feeling hopeless

  • Having no reason to live

  • Being a burden to others

  • Feeling trapped

  • Unbearable pain

They may also show signs in their behavior. A change in behavior can be easily noticeable:

  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs

  • Looking for a way to end their lives, such as searching online for methods

  • Withdrawing from activities

  • Isolating from family and friends

  • Sleeping too much or too little

  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye

  • Giving away prized possessions

  • Aggression

  • Fatigue

A change in mood can also be easily noticeable. Multiple moods can be displayed by on individual such as:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Loss of interest

  • Irritability

  • Humiliation/Shame

  • Agitation/Anger

  • Relief/Sudden Improvement

United States: Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (the Lifeline) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Crisis workers are available 24 hours a day. Calls are free and confidential.

Other countries & regions: To find a crisis center in your area, go to the International Association for Suicide Prevention website.

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