Suicide Symptoms & Signs

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Warning signs of suicide:

  • Ideation (thinking about suicide)
  • Substance use or abuse (increased or change in substance)
  • Puposelessness (no sense of purpose or belonging)
  • Anger
  • Trapped (feeling like there is no way out)
  • Hopelessness (there is nothing to live for, no hope or optimism)
  • Withdrawal (from family, friends, work, school, activities, hobbies)
  • Anxiety (restlessness, irritability)
  • Recklessness (high risk-taking behavior)
  • Mood disturbance (dramatic change in mood)
  • Additional Warning Signs of Suicide
  • Talking about suicide.
  • Statements about hopelessness, helplessness, or worthlessness.
  • Preoccupation with death.
  • Suddenly happier, calmer.
  • Loss of interest in things one cares about.
  • Visiting or calling people one cares about.
  • Making arrangements; setting one’s affairs in order.
  • Giving things away, such as prized possessions.

A suicidal person urgently needs to see a doctor or mental health professional.

The above list was taken from Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) – One of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide and was a co-founding member of the National Council for Suicide Prevention.