Suicide Warning Signs

Some people do not show any signs of contemplating suicide.  However, around 75% do exhibits warning signs.  It is imperative if you or someone you know is display risk factors or warning signs of suicide that you act immediately.

For high school and college-aged individuals, being victimized by bullying is a significant risk factor for depression and suicide.  Rates of suicide as a result of being bullied continue to rise at alarming rates.

Dr. Jason McGothlin, PCCS, of Kent State Univeristy identified the top five mental health warning signs for suicide:

  1. Hopelessness - unable to see a future without pain

  2. Helplessness - nothing helps; no way out

  3. Worthlessness - life isn't worth saving or living

  4. Loneliness - feeling empty despite friends and family

  5. Depression

Untreated depression is the #1 cause for suicide.  Warning signs that depression is leading to consideration of suicide include:

  • Appearing depressed or sad most of the time.

  • Talking or writing about death or suicide.

  • Withdrawing from family and friends.

  • Feeling strong anger or rage.

  • Feeling trapped -- like there is no way out of a situation.

  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes.

  • Abusing drugs or alcohol.

  • Exhibiting a change in personality.

  • Acting impulsively.

  • Losing interest in most activities.

  • Experiencing a change in sleeping habits.

  • Experiencing a change in eating habits.

  • Losing interest in most activities.

  • Performing poorly at work or in school.

  • Giving away prized possessions.

  • Writing a will.

  • Feeling excessive guilt or shame.

  • Acting recklessly.

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