Potential Signs of Suicide
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).
- Text GULF to 741741.
- Locally Lakeview Center has a team that can help too. Call our 24-hour helpline at 850.433.7273.