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Forum staff reports, Published November 06 2010

How to spot possible warning signs of suicide

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, here are some signs for which to watch:

  • Observable signs of a serious depression such as anxiety, unrelenting low mood, pessimism, inner

    tension, desperation, hopelessness, psychic pain and problems sleeping

  • Increased use of alcohol or other drugs

  • Recent impulsiveness and risk-taking

  • Threatening suicide or expressing a strong wish to die

  • Making plans such as giving away prized possessions, buying a gun or obtaining other possible means of suicide

  • Unexpected rage or anger