Learning the warning signs of suicide is a huge part of preventing a crisis.
Learning the warning signs of suicide is a huge part of preventing a crisis. Although emotional ups and downs are normal, sometimes a person who is suicidal gives certain signs or hints that something is wrong. Knowing these major warning signs can help you connect someone you care about to support if they need it.
Has someone you know felt...?
Unimportant | Trapped | Hopeless | Overwhelmed | Unmotivated | Alone | Irritable | Impulsive | Suicidal
Have you heard someone...?
- Not care about their future: “It won’t matter soon anyway.”
- Put themselves down - and think they deserve it: “I don’t deserve to live. I suck.”
- Express hopelessness: “Things will never get better for me.”
- Say goodbye to important people: “You’re the best friend I’ve ever had. I’ll miss you.”
- Have a specific plan for suicide: “I’ve thought about how I’d do it.”
- Talk about feeling suicidal: “LIfe is so hard. Lately I’ve felt like ending it all.”
Have you noticed someone...?
- Using drugs or alcohol more than usual
- Acting differently than usual
- Giving away their most valuable possessions
- Losing interest in their favorite things to do
- Admiring people who have died by suicide
- Planning for death by writing a will or letter
- Eating or sleeping more or less than usual
- Feeling more sick, tired or achy than usual
If you recognize these signs in someone you know, please encourage them to ask for help. If they need support, empower them to call the Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386 to talk with a trained volunteer counselor. Trevor is here 24/7 - that means all day and night, every weekend, and every holiday.