Suicide Warning Signs

Untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide.

  • Appearing sad most of the time.
  • Talking/writing about death or suicide.
  • Withdrawing from family and friends.
  • Feeling hopeless/helpless.
  • Feeling strong anger or rage.
  • Feeling like there is no way out of a situation.
  • Dramatic mood changes.
  • Abusing drugs or alcohol.
  • Exhibiting a change in personality.
  • Acting impulsively.
  • Losing interest in most activities.
  • Change in sleeping/eating habits.
  • Performing poorly at work/school.
  • Giving away possessions.
  • Writing a will.
  • Feeling excessive guilt or shame.
  • Acting recklessly.

Some people who die by suicide do not show any suicide warning signs. But about 75 percent of those who die by suicide do exhibit some suicide warning signs, so we need to be aware of what the suicide warning signs are and try to spot them in people.

If you or someone you know exhibits the suicide warning signs listed above, immediate action is required – we need to offer help and get them professional help.