These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and seems related to a painful event, loss, or change.
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
- Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about feeling trapped or unbearable pain.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
- Sleeping too little or too much.
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings.
Suicide can be prevented.
Call 703-527-4077 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “CONNECT” to 855-11.
With help comes hope.
“Suicide Warning Signs” from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration publication CMHS-SVP-0126