Suicide can be prevented. The first step in helping someone in distress is to notice common warning signs.
Signs something may be wrong
- No interest in activities
- Changes in appetite or sleeping patterns
- Social isolation
- Impulsive, reckless behavior
- Uncontrollable anger
- Increased alcohol or drug use
- Anxiety and agitation
- Inability to concentrate
- Dramatic mood swings
- Sense that life has no purpose
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Feelings of hopelessness or of being trapped
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Signs someone may be suicidal
- Expresses depression, anxiety, stress, and feelings of hopelessness
- Has increased conflicts with or aggression toward others
- Talks or writes about death and dying, killing oneself, or ending it all
- Starts giving away possessions or tying up loose ends
- Withdraws from family, friends, and activities once enjoyed
- Increases use of alcohol and/or drugs or engages in reckless behaviors
- Gains access to lethal means (guns, pills, knives, etc.)
Ways you can help
Most suicidal people don’t want to die; they just want their pain to end. Don’t ignore the warning signs, reach out.
Express your concern.
Listen without judgement.
Ask the question, “Are you thinking about suicide?”
Offer hope, support, and understanding.
If the answer is “yes”, get help together.