Suicide Warning Signs

No list is comprehensive, and no person fits a list perfectly, but we would like to give a few indicators that many people struggling with suicidal thoughts may exhibit.

  • Talking about suicide, including making such statements as:
    “I’m going to kill myself.”
    “I wish I was dead.”
    “I wish I hadn’t been born.”
  • Getting the means to commit suicide, such as getting a gun or stockpiling pills.
  • Withdrawing from social contact and wanting to be left alone
  • Having mood swings, such as being emotionally high one day and deeply discouraged the next.
  • Being preoccupied with death, dying, or violence.
  • Feeling trapped or hopeless about a situation.
  • Changing normal routine or behaviors, including eating or sleeping patterns.
  • Giving away belongings or getting affairs in order.
  • Saying goodbye to people as if they won’t be seen again.
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs.