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Suicide Warning Signs

At times, signs of suicide can be very clear and it can be evident that someone is needs help. Signs of suicide can be murky and unclear. Risk factors are are indications that an individual is more likely to consider suicide that someone that doesn't possess these risk factors. Warning signs are an indication that an individual needs immediate help for the pain they are feeling. Many of these signs and risk factors can be present in people with depression, but that does not always mean that the individual is considering suicide.

To help clear up some of the murkiness, we have compiled a list of suicide warning signs and risk factors.


  • Family history of suicide

  • Mood disorders

  • History of alcohol or drug abuse

  • Local epidemics of suicide

  • Isolation

  • Loss (Death, employment, divorce, etc.)

  • Inability to access mental health treatment

  • Physical illness

  • Access to lethal weapons

  • Unwillingness to seek help for mental health issues

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Prolonged stress

  • History of child abuse or neglect


  • Talking about death and wanting to die

  • Looking for ways to kill oneself

  • Talking about feelings of helplessness or having no purpose

  • Talking about feelings of being trapped or in unbearable pain

  • Talking about being a burden to others

  • Increased use of drugs or alcohol

  • Acting anxious, agitate, or reckless

  • Sleeping too little or too much

  • Feeling isolated or withdrawing

  • Showing rage

  • Talking about seeking revenge

  • Extreme mood swings

To better understand where a person is you need to have the conversation that clears up any confusion. You can find A guide on how to start the discussion about suicide by following this link to our "Talking About Suicide And Depression" blog post.


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