Suicide Warning Signs

Learn some of the warning signs of suicide.

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How to Recognize the Warnings Signs of Suicide (2:26)

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) death by suicide has increased a lot in many states -- some more than 38 percent. Additionally, the CDC found that more than half of the people who commit suicide usually don't know of a pre-existing mental health condition. While a mental health condition may not be diagnosed, it is important to pay attention to potential behavioral changes that could serve as red flags for suicide contemplation.   

Suicide Warning Signs

  • Sadness
  • Depression
  • Low self-worth 
  • Feeling hopeless or trapped 
  • Decreased or increased appetite  
  • Sleeping too much or too little 
  • Pulling away from family and friends; isolating oneself        
  • Lack of interest in things that once were enjoyable       
  • Increased drug and alcohol use    
  • Mood swings       
  • Focusing on death – talking, reading or writing about it  

Suicide Resources 

If you or a loved one is exhibiting any of these warning signs, there are resources that can help: