Suicide Warning Signs

October 14, 2014
Author: Shannon Weisleder


People who kill themselves exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do. The more warning signs, the greater the risk.


If a person talks about:

  • Killing themselves.

  • Having no reason to live.

  • Being a burden to others.

  • Feeling trapped.

  • Unbearable pain.


A person’s suicide risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased, especially if it’s related to a painful event, loss, or change.

  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs.

  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means.

  • 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 prized possessions.

  • Aggression.


People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods.

  • Depression.

  • Loss of interest.

  • Rage.

  • Irritability.

  • Humiliation.

  • Anxiety.

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