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Suicide Prevention and Awareness

Know the signs!

While reviewing these signs and symptoms, please remember this:

*Take any expression of a suicidal thought or indication of suicidal behavior seriously. It’s not just a warning sign that the person is thinking about suicide – it’s a cry for help!

WARNING SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

  • Actually talking about suicide or a plan*
  • Seeking out ways to harm or kill oneself*
  • Saying other things like: “I’m going to kill myself,” “I wish I were dead,” or “I shouldn’t have been born”*
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Change in eating and sleeping habits
  • Loss of interest in pleasurable activities
  • Frequent complaints about physical symptoms, often related to emotions, such as stomachaches, headaches, fatigue, etc.
  • Loss of interest in things one cares about
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Exhibiting impulsivity such as violent actions, rebellious behavior, or running away
  • Complaining of being a bad person or feeling “rotten inside”
  • Making statements about hopelessness, helplessness, worthlessness, or being “beyond help”
  • Marked personality change and serious mood changes
  • Giving verbal hints with statements such as: “I won’t be a problem for you much longer,” “Nothing matters,” “It’s no use, “and “I won’t see you again”
  • Becoming suddenly cheerful after a period of depression-this may mean that the someone has already made the decision to escape all problems by ending his/her life
  • Giving away favorite possessions
  • Difficulty concentrating and a decline in quality of school work

* These signs and behaviors indicate an individual needs immediate professional attention or 9-1-1 should be called.

(Rudd, M. D., Berman, A. L., Joiner, T. E., Nock, M. K., Silverman, M. M., Mandrusiak, M., Witte,T. (2006). Warning signs for suicide: Theory, research, and clinical applications. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 36(3), 255-262.

Disclaimer: the content in on this site is for informational purposes only and should NOT be substituted for professional diagnosis or treatment. If you, or someone you know, are experiencing symptoms of suicide or are contemplating suicide, seek immediate professional attention.