Warning Signs

Conditions associated with the increased risk of suicide

  • Death or illness of a loved one.
  • Divorce, separation, broken relationship.
  • Loss of a job, home, status, personal security.
  • Alcohol or drug abuse.
  • Depression.

Emotional or behavioral changes associated with suicide

  • Overwhelming pain that threatens to exceed the person's coping skills.
  • Hopelessness
  • Powerlessness
  • Sad, withdrawn, tired, apathetic, anxious, irritable or angry.
  • Declining performance in school or work.
  • Declining interest in sex, friends or fun.
  • Change in sleeping and eating patterns.
  • Neglect of personal welfare and deteriorating physical appearance.
  • Social isolation or association with a group with different moral standards.
  • Worthlessness, shame, guilt, self-hatred, fear of losing control or of harming oneself or others.
  • Difficult times:  holidays, anniversaries, diagnosis of a major illness, during disciplinary proceedings.