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Warning Signs of Suicide

If you or someone you know exhibits several of the suicide warning signs listed below, immediate action is required.  Please get help immediately.

Some people who die by suicide do not exhibit any warning signs, but about 75 percent of those who die by suicide do demonstrate some warning behaviors.  You can help to prevent the suicide of loved ones by learning to recognize the signs of someone at risk, taking those signs seriously and knowing how to respond to them.  Always take the warning signs of suicide seriously.

General Warning Signs of Suicide:

  • Sleep disturbance
  • Appetite disturbance
  • Obsessive worry about job or school performance (whether real or perceived). It is the perception they have of themselves that matters.
  • Talking about suicide and/or preoccupation with death and dying
  • Previous suicide attempt and/or rehearsing suicide attempts
  • Taking unnecessary risks like driving recklessly, drinking and driving, or having risky sex
  • Increased use of alcohol and other drugs
  • Noticeable changes in personality; unrelenting low mood
  • Withdrawal from friends and family; isolation
  • Comments like "I won't be a burden much longer" or "I can't take this pain much longer"
  • Sudden intolerance of personal praise or rewards
  • Giving away possessions
  • Sudden cheerfulness after period of depression
  • Lack of interest in things they used to enjoy
  • Increased sadness, anxiety, irritability, boredom, restlessness, suspicion, and/or agitation Abrupt decline in grades or obsessive worry about job performance
  • Frequent physical complaints like headaches, leg pains, stomachaches, or inner tension
  • Feelings of hopelessness or rejection

Always take the warning signs of suicide seriously.  If you or someone you know exhibits several of the suicide warning signs listed below, immediate action is required.  Please get help immediately.