Warning signs of suicide

Last week I shared the risk factors of suicide.

This week I want to share the warning signs for you.

Don't be fooled. Even people that appear happy can have depression

Don’t be fooled. Even people that appear happy can have depression

  • A sudden switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy
  • Always talking or thinking about death
  • Clinical depression (deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating) that gets worse
  • Having a “death wish,” tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving through red lights
  • Losing interest in things one used to care about
  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, changing a will
  • Saying things like “It would be better if I wasn’t here” or “I want out”
  • Talking about suicide (killing one’s self)
  • Visiting or calling people one cares about to say goodbye
  • Sudden change in behavior from depressed to calm and happy
  • Acting recklessly
  • According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, between 20% and 50% of people who commit suicide have had a previous attempt.

If you’re thinking of suicide, I urge you to get medical help:

Please seek help if you have thoughts of suicide or a loved one that has committed suicide

Please seek help if you have thoughts of suicide or a loved one that has committed suicide

  • Find a counselor
  • Check into a hospital
  • Call 911 {if you’ve attempted suicide and need immediate help}
  • Call suicide hotline: 1-800-Suicide {1-800-784-2433)
  • thinkingaboutsuicide.com

 

 

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