Warning Signs of Suicide

Knowing what warning signs to be aware of can be a valuable tool when you’re concerned about someone. If you recognize these warning signs in yourself or someone else, speak up. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Reach out. Check in. Ask someone how they’re doing and take a moment to really listen to the answer. If you have concerns and need someone to talk to, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

  • Statements made of a desire to die or escape pain
  • Increased depression
  • Loss of interest in most activities
  • Isolation / Withdrawal
  • Giving away possessions
  • Increased substance use/abuse
  • Hopelessness/helplessness
  • A sense of being a burden to loved ones
  • Increased mood swings
  • Change in appetite
  • Change in sleeping habits
  • No sense of purpose
  • Increased anxiety
  • Reckless or impulsive behavior
  • Feeling trapped
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Family history of suicide
  • Recent loss