Suicide Warning Signs


Warning Signs

  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
  • Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities – seemingly without thinking
  • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
  • Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes
  • Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life
  • Giving away possessions
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
  • Mental disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety and certain personality disorders
  • History of trauma or abuse
  • Some major physical illnesses
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Family history of suicide
  • Job or financial loss
  • Relational or social loss

Risk Factors

  • Mental disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety and certain personality disorders
  • History of trauma or abuse
  • Some major physical illnesses
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Family history of suicide
  • Job or financial loss
  • Relational or social loss
  • Easy access to lethal means
  • Lack of social support and sense of isolation
  • Stigma associated with help-seeking behavior
  • Barriers to accessing health care, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment
  • Certain cultural and religious beliefs
  • Exposure to, including through the media, and influence of others who have died by suicide