Most of the time, individuals who are contemplating suicide will give some warning of their intentions to a friend or family member. All suicide threats, gestures, and attempts must be taken seriously. Here are some warning signs that a person may be considering suicide:
- Rage, uncontrolled anger, or seeking revenge
- Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
- Feeling trapped or like there’s no way out
- Increased alcohol or drug use
- Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
- Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
- Dramatic mood changes
- Expressing no reason for living or no sense of purpose in life
- Prior suicide attempts
If you think someone you know is struggling with depression or thinking about suicide, trust your instinct. It’s OK to have a conversation with them and ask directly if they are considering hurting themselves. If your support isn’t accepted, you may need to tell another friend or family member about your concerns. It can be hard to betray someone’s trust, but getting help could save a life.
If you are concerned someone is preparing to attempt suicide, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you are unsure how to help someone you think is suicidal, call 1-800-273-TALK for confidential advice from a trained counselor.