Potential Signs of Suicide

An older African american man resting his chin in his hands looking anxious and worried, a women (perhaps his wife) leans in to show concern. - 7/01/2019

When we hear that someone has committed suicide, we are immediately sad, but often we’re also shocked. We didn’t see it coming; didn’t notice the signs; didn’t offer help. Instead, we saw a funny, strong or well-balanced individual and found the tragic news almost impossible to believe. By understanding what to look for we can recognize the signs before such a terrible tragedy occurs.

Suicide warning signs:

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Searching online for ways people commit suicide
  • Purchasing a weapon
  • Expressing hopelessness
  • Feeling trapped or unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious
  • Behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Showing rage or anger
  • Seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

Suicide is preventable, but only if we know the signs.