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. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 800.273.talk (8255), or text GULF to 741741. Locally Lakeview Center has a team that can help too.  Call our 24-hour helpline at 850.433.7273.