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Warning Signs for Suicide

  • Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill oneself;
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself, or getting access to the means to kill oneself;
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose;
  • Talking about feeling trapped, helpless, or in unbearable pain;
  • Talking about being a burden to others;
  • Shows a preoccupation with death or dying;
  • Losing interest in previously enjoyed activities;
  • Giving away prized possessions or making final arrangements;
  • Writing a suicide note or saying goodbye to people;
  • Increased use of alcohol and/or drugs;
  • Acting anxious, agitated, impulsive, or reckless;
  • Sleeping too little or too much;
  • Withdrawing from others or feeling isolated;
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge;
  • Displaying extreme mood swings or changes in personality;
  • Experiencing a recent trauma or significant loss.

People can be more at risk for suicide if they have already been diagnosed with a mental illness, if they have had a close family member or friend complete suicide, if they are unmarried or unemployed, if they have a chronic medical illness or chronic pain, or if they lack social support.

Two additional risk factors are:

  • A previous suicide attempt, and
  • Having a specific, organized plan of how they would attempt suicide.

For more information: www.asklistenrefer.org/stlcc

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