Warning Signs

The following are some of the signs that can indicate that a person might be thinking about suicide. Sometimes these signs are subtle, but they may be a sign that we need to check in with how the person is travelling. Remember suicide is not about dying, it is about ending pain – so if you see any of these signs reach out and start a conversation – it may save a life.

  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Seeing no purpose to life and having no direction
  • Feeling worthless and useless
  • Feeling like a burden to others
  • Feeling they are trapped, and there is no other way out
  • Talking or writing about suicide or wanting to die
  • Increased use of alcohol, drugs or medications
  • Acting anxious, agitated, or reckless
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
  • Isolating themselves and withdrawing from things once enjoyed
  • Putting their affairs in order
  • Calling or posting goodbyes to friends and loved ones
  • Giving away valuable possessions
  • Taking less care of themselves or their appearance
  • Thinking that no one would care if they weren’t around anymore
  • Thinking that no one would care if they weren’t around anymore
  • Stresses from a relationship breakdown
  • Seeing the death of a friend or loved one to suicide as a solution
  • Being subjected to bullying and abuse
  • Feeling overwhelmed by life events

Most people who are thinking of suicide give signs or signals which indicate they want help, however these are not always obvious because:

  • Shame or fear of rejection
  • Nobody hears a silent cry for help
  • Not feeling worthy of help
  • Not knowing how to talk about their feelings
  • Not wanting to worry others about their problems
  • Feeling alone or isolated making it difficult to reach out for help
  • Cultural barriers – ‘we don’t talk about that kind of stuff’
  • Not wanting to be seen as ‘attention seeking’
  • Mental or physical illness or challenges

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