Warning Signs of Suicide
People with suicidal thoughts usually show warning signs, although they are sometimes difficult to identify. Warning signs indicate that a person could be at risk of committing suicide. Here are some examples.
Direct and indirect statements
- "I want to take my own life"
- "I’m going to kill myself"
- "I don’t want to live anymore"
- "Life isn’t worth living anymore"
- "I’m never going to get through this"
- "You’d be better off without me"
- "You’ll have peace and quiet soon"
- "I’m going to get out of your hair"
- Symptoms of depression.
- Mood swings.
- Outbursts of anger.
- The belief that other people want to cause them harm, despite evidence to the contrary.
- Showing changes in behaviour.
- Giving away possessions.
- Writing a letter that expresses the desire to commit suicide.
- Suddenly becoming interested in suicide and ways of carrying it out.
- Being isolated.
- Suddenly appearing calm or happy after having been in distress for a number of days.
- Neglecting their physical appearance.
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sudden incoherent and confused speech
- Obsessing over their problems
- Lack of motivation
- Memory loss
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