Suicidal people may show signs of their
intentions, but those around them may not be aware of the significance
of these warnings or know how to react to them. It is rare for suicide
to be a purely impulsive act. Most people want to live, but they need to
end their pain. What signs should raise concerns?
- "I’m going to kill myself."
- "I just can’t take it anymore."
- "Everyone would be better off without me."
- "I’m not suicidal/depressed", although obvious
- Mental health issues
- Decline in appearance
- Unable to concentrate
- Feeling like you’re always alone
- Withdrawing from others
- Unable to enjoy activities that were previously
- Low self-esteem
- Changes in appetite and weight
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Nagging health problems/complaints
- Giving away possessions/putting things in order
- Talking/writing about death
- Abusing alcohol and/or drugs
- Sudden changes in behavior
- Denial/avoidance of problems
- Loss of relationship
- Bullying or being bullied
- Over-emphasis on achievement
- Change of life-style
What If You Notice These Signs?
- Stay calm – Maintain a hopeful and must live
- Get involved – Trust your instincts and ability
- Be willing to listen.
- Be direct and talk openly and matter of fact
- Take any talk of suicide seriously.
- Ask the person what their plan is and remove the
- Don’t dare, judge or argue with a suicidal
- Let the person know that you care. Listen to
what the person says about their feelings.
- Be non-judgmental.
- Tell someone who can help such as a parent,
teacher, religious leader, adult friend, doctor,
mental health professional. Keep telling someone
until you find someone who will help. DO NOT KEEP
SUICIDAL PLANS A SECRET.
- NEVER LEAVE THE SUICIDAL PERSON ALONE.
- If you have concerns about yourself or someone
you care about please contact a mental health
professional or call
The knowledge and recognition of these warning signs and others can help our loved ones. Together we can prevent suicide.
Updated on 10/22/2016.