Warning Signs

Warning signs of suicidal ideation include, but not limited, to the following:

♦   Talking about suicide

♦   Making statements about feeling hopeless, helpless, or worthless

♦    A deepening depression

♦    Preoccupation with death

♦    Taking unnecessary risks or exhibiting self-destructive behavior

♦    Out of character behavior

♦    A loss of interest in the things one cares about

♦    Visiting or calling people one cares about

♦    Making arrangements; setting one’s affairs in order

♦    Giving prized possessions away

   ♦    Perfectionist personalities

   ♦    Alcohol use

   ♦    Drug Use

   ♦    Gay and Lesbian youth

   ♦    Learning disabled youth

   ♦    Weapons or Drugs in the building or home

   ♦    Loners

   ♦   Youth with low self- esteem

   ♦    Depressed youth

   ♦    Students in serious trouble

   ♦    Abused, Molested or Neglected Youth

   ♦    Genetic predisposition

   ♦    Parental history of violence, substance abuse, or divorce

Along with these warning signs, there are certain Risk Factors that can elevate the possibility of suicidal ideation:

Additional Warning Signs:

♦   Increased substance (alcohol or drug) use

♦   No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life

♦   Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time

♦   Feeling trapped - like there’s no way out

♦   Hopelessness

♦   Withdrawal from friends, family and society

♦   Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge

♦   Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking

♦   Dramatic mood changes.

If observed, seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a referral.

These warning signs were compiled by a task force of expert clinical-researchers and ‘translated’ for the general public

(This warning sign list came from: Jason Fondation)

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