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.

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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"

Emotional signs

  • Symptoms of depression.
  • Irritability.
  • Mood swings.
  • Outbursts of anger.
  • Anxiety.
  • The belief that other people want to cause them harm, despite evidence to the contrary.

Behavioural signs

  • 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.

Cognitive signs

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sudden incoherent and confused speech
  • Obsessing over their problems
  • Lack of motivation
  • Memory loss

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