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Common Signs

 

These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if a behaviour is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss or change.  A suicidal person urgently needs to see a doctor or mental health professional.

 

Warning Signs of Suicide

 

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.

 

  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.

 

  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.

 

  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.

 

  • Talking about being a burden to others.

 

  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.

 

  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.

 

  • Sleeping too little or too much.

 

  • Withdrawn or feeling isolated.

 

  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.

 

  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

 

  • Preoccupation with death.

 

  • Suddenly happier, calmer.

 

  • Loss of interest in things one cares about.

 

  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye.

 

  • Making arrangements; setting one's affairs in order.

 

  • Giving things away, such as prized possessions.