Suicide Warning Signs

If you or someone you know exhibits the following signs, seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at   1-800-273-TALK

• Talks, writes, or otherwise expresses a preoccupation with suicide or death in general.
• Complains of being a bad person or being “rotten inside.”
• Gives verbal hints such as, “I’d be better off dead,” “I won’t be a problem for you much longer,” “Nothing matters,” “It’s no use” and “I won’t see you again.”

• Withdraws from friends or family.
• Significantly changes eating, sleeping or appearance habits.
• Experiences sudden drop in academic performance.
• Puts his affairs in order; for example, gives away favorite toys, cleans his room or throws away important belongings.
• Acts in rash, hostile or irrational ways; often expresses rage.

• Feels overwhelmingly hopeless, guilty or ashamed.
• Shows little interest in favorite activities or the future.
• Becomes suddenly cheerful after a period of depression (perhaps feeling that she’s found a “solution” to her problems).

A suicide of a schoolmate, friend or even a celebrity receiving media coverage can encourage suicidal impulses in your child. Suicides sometimes occur in clusters, in which one suicide influences other people already at risk for suicide.