Most people who are feeling depressed or desperate enough to consider suicide give clues to how they’re feeling. You can be the first step towards help for someone you care about by learning to recognize these clues to suicide risk.

Risk Factors

Family history of suicide

Previous suicide attempts

Physical Illness

Physical, sexual, domestic, or child abuse

Relational, social, work or financial loss

Impulsive and/or aggressive behavior

Suffering from mental health disorders

Diagnosed or undiagnosed Mental Illness

Homeless students

Sexual minority youth

People who engage in binge drinking or illegal drug use

People who have experienced violence

 

Warning Signs

Preoccupation with suicide and/or death

Feelings of sadness or hopelessness, often accompanied by anxiety

Declining school or work performance

Loss of pleasure/interest in social and sports activities

Sleeping too little or too much

Changes in weight or appetite

 

Some Emotions A Suicidal Person May Feel

Depressed      Out of Control

Confused        Overwhelmed

Isolated           Helpless (Immediate)

Worthless       Hopeless (Future)

 

If you know someone for whom more than one of these is true, she or he may need your help. Not sure how to help? Call us on 877-870-4673.