Recognizing Suicide Warning Signs

Concerned about suicide?  Here are some signs to look for…..

There is no one single cause of suicide.  It occurs most frequently when a person struggling with mental illness experiences stressors that exceed their current coping abilities.  Although suicide is most commonly associated with depression, other mental health issues like anxiety and substance abuse problems can also play a role.

Although suicide cannot be predicted with absolute certainty, there are some things to look out for.  The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has listed some thoughts, behaviors, and moods to notice if you are concerned about someone’s safety:

People who are at risk may talk about

  • Being a burden to others
  • Feeling trapped
  • Experiencing unbearable pain
  • Having no reason to live
  • Killing themselves

They may exhibit certain behaviors

  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Looking for ways to kill themselves, such as searching online for methods or materials
  • Acting recklessly
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Giving away possessions
  • Aggression

Those who are thinking about suicide often display

  • Depression
  • Loss of interest
  • Rage
  • Irritability
  • Humiliation
  • Anxiety

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