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  • Withdrawn or feeling isolated.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.