RISK FACTORS || WARNING SIGNS
4 out of 5 completed suicides give clear warning signs of their intentions beforehand. You MUST take suicide talk seriously.
Suicide Threats: Either Direct or Indirect Statements
People who talk about suicide, threaten suicide or call suicide crisis lines are 30 times more likely than average to kill themselves.
- “I’d be better off dead.”
- “I won’t be bothering you much longer.”
- ”You’ll be better off without me around.”
- “I hate my life.”
- “I am going to kill myself.”
- Suicide threats are not always verbal.
- Text messages
- Social networks
- Sudden, abrupt changes in personality
- Expressions of hopelessness and despair
- Declining grades and school performance
- Lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
- Increased irritability and aggressiveness
- Withdrawal from family, friends and relationships
- Lack of hygiene
- Changes in eating and sleeping habits
Previous Suicide Attempts
- One out of three suicide deaths is not the individual’s first attempt.
- The risk for completing suicide is more than 100 times greater during the first year after an attempt.
- Take any instance of deliberate self-harm seriously.
Preoccupation or Obsession with death or suicide
- Essays, writing about death
- Poems about death
- Artwork, drawings depicting death
Once the decision has been made to end their life, some young people begin making final arrangements.
- Giving away prized or favorite possessions
- Putting their affairs in order
- Saying good-bye to family and friends
- Making funeral arrangements
- Experiencing a recent loss – a loved one, relationship, job, etc.
- Increased use or abuse of alcohol or drugs
- Recent separation or divorce of parents
- Feelings of loneliness or abandonment
- Feelings of shame, guilt, humiliation or rejection
- Emotional stress and difficulties may result in physical complains, such as head-aches, stomach-aches, loss of energy, etc.
- Taking excessive risks, being reckless
- In real or serious trouble, especially for the first time
- Problems staying focused or paying attention
Remember: This is not an all-inclusive list of signs of concern. Anytime you notice behaviors that concern you, don’t hesitate or be afraid to ask questions.