4 out of 5 completed suicides give clear warning signs of their intentions beforehand. You MUST take suicide talk seriously.

Suicide Threats: Either Direct or Indirect Statements

People who talk about suicide, threaten suicide or call suicide crisis lines are 30 times more likely than average to kill themselves.

  • “I’d be better off dead.”
  • “I won’t be bothering you much longer.”
  • ”You’ll be better off without me around.”
  • “I hate my life.”
  • “I am going to kill myself.”
  • Suicide threats are not always verbal.
    • Text messages
    • Social networks
    • Twitter

Previous Suicide Attempts

  • One out of three suicide deaths is not the individual’s first attempt.
  • The risk for completing suicide is more than 100 times greater during the first year after an attempt.
  • Take any instance of deliberate self-harm seriously.

Preoccupation or Obsession with death or suicide

  • Essays, writing about death
  • Poems about death
  • Artwork, drawings depicting death

Depression

  • Sudden, abrupt changes in personality
  • Expressions of hopelessness and despair
  • Declining grades and school performance
  • Lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Increased irritability and aggressiveness
  • Withdrawal from family, friends and relationships
  • Lack of hygiene
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits

Final Arrangements

Once the decision has been made to end their life, some young people begin making final arrangements.

  • Giving away prized or favorite possessions
  • Putting their affairs in order
  • Saying good-bye to family and friends
  • Making funeral arrangements

Other Signs

  • Experiencing a recent loss – a loved one, relationship, job, etc.
  • Increased use or abuse of alcohol or drugs
  • Recent separation or divorce of parents
  • Feelings of loneliness or abandonment
  • Feelings of shame, guilt, humiliation or rejection
  • Emotional stress and difficulties may result in physical complaints, such as head-aches, stomach-aches, loss of energy, etc.
  • Taking excessive risks, being reckless
  • In real or serious trouble, especially for the first time
  • Problems staying focused or paying attention

Remember: This is not an all-inclusive list of signs of concern. Anytime you notice behaviors that concern you, don’t hesitate or be afraid to ask questions.

(Source: JasonFoundation)

4 out of 5 completed suicides give clear warning signs of their intentions beforehand. You MUST take suicide talk seriously.

Suicide Threats: Either Direct or Indirect Statements

People who talk about suicide, threaten suicide or call suicide crisis lines are 30 times more likely than average to kill themselves.

  • “I’d be better off dead.”
  • “I won’t be bothering you much longer.”
  • ”You’ll be better off without me around.”
  • “I hate my life.”
  • “I am going to kill myself.”
  • Suicide threats are not always verbal.
    • Text messages
    • Social networks
    • Twitter

Previous Suicide Attempts

  • One out of three suicide deaths is not the individual’s first attempt.
  • The risk for completing suicide is more than 100 times greater during the first year after an attempt.
  • Take any instance of deliberate self-harm seriously.

Preoccupation or Obsession with death or suicide

  • Essays, writing about death
  • Poems about death
  • Artwork, drawings depicting death

Depression

  • Sudden, abrupt changes in personality
  • Expressions of hopelessness and despair
  • Declining grades and school performance
  • Lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Increased irritability and aggressiveness
  • Withdrawal from family, friends and relationships
  • Lack of hygiene
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits

Final Arrangements

Once the decision has been made to end their life, some young people begin making final arrangements.

  • Giving away prized or favorite possessions
  • Putting their affairs in order
  • Saying good-bye to family and friends
  • Making funeral arrangements

Other Signs

  • Experiencing a recent loss – a loved one, relationship, job, etc.
  • Increased use or abuse of alcohol or drugs
  • Recent separation or divorce of parents
  • Feelings of loneliness or abandonment
  • Feelings of shame, guilt, humiliation or rejection
  • Emotional stress and difficulties may result in physical complaints, such as head-aches, stomach-aches, loss of energy, etc.
  • Taking excessive risks, being reckless
  • In real or serious trouble, especially for the first time
  • Problems staying focused or paying attention

Remember: This is not an all-inclusive list of signs of concern. Anytime you notice behaviors that concern you, don’t hesitate or be afraid to ask questions.

(Source: JasonFoundation)