Forum staff reports, Published November 19 2013
Warning signs of suicideThe more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be what causes a suicide:
- Talking about wanting to die.
- Looking for a way to kill oneself.
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly.
- Sleeping too much or too little.
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings.
What to do
If someone you know shows warning signs of suicide:
- Do not leave the person alone.
- Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255).
- Take the person to an emergency room, seek help from a medical or mental health professional or call 911.