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January 20, 2017

Warning Signs

Know the warning signs and look for them.  Warning signs include:

  • Threatening suicide
  • Talking or writing about suicide
  • Isolation or withdrawal (from family, friends, activities, etc.)
  • Agitation, especially combined with sleeplessness
  • Nightmares
  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • Seeking methods to kill oneself
  • Feeling hopeless or trapped
  • Co-occurring depression, moodiness and hopelessness
  • Unexplained anger, aggression or irritability
  • Recent loss of family member or friend through divorce, suicide or other death
  • Changes in eating, sleeping, personal care or other patterns
  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Taking unnecessary risks/recklessness
  • No longer interested in favorite activities or hobbies
  • Chronic headaches, stomach aches or fatigue
  • Sudden, unexpected loss of freedom or fear of punishment or humiliation