If a person talks about:

•  Killing himself/herself;

•  Having no reason to live;

•  Being a burden to others;

•  Feeling trapped; and/or

•  Feeling unbearable pain.


A person's suicide risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased, especially if it's related to a painful event, loss or change, such as:

•  Increased use of alcohol and/or drugs;

•  Looking for a way to kill himself/herself, such as searching online for materials and/or means;

•  Acting recklessly;

•  Withdrawing from activities;

•  Isolating from family and friends;

•  Sleeping too much or too little;

•  Visiting or calling people to say goodbye;

•  Giving away prized possessions; and/or

•  Aggression.


People considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:

•  Depression;

•  Loss of interest;

•  Rage;

•  Irritability;

•  Humiliation; and/or

•  Anxiety.


* [Courtesy of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention]

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