The Warning Signs of Suicide

Increased use of alcohol or drugs, sleeping too little or too much and talking about feeling hopeless are all possible signs that a person might be considering suicide.

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The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has developed a list of warning signs of suicide and ways to address them. The more signs a person shows, the greater risk they may have of taking of their own life.

These signs include:

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be was causes a suicide, according to the organization.

If someone exhibits these signs, they should not be left alone. Also, any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt should be removed from their vicinity.

The person should be taken to an emergency room, or to see a medical or mental health professional. They should also call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255).

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