Suicide Warning Signs

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: