Warning Signs

There’s no typical suicide victim. Suicide transcends all ages beginning with adolescence, all ethnicities and cultures, all socio-economic groups, and all religions, as well as gender, sexual orientation, and ablebodiness.

There are common warning signs, however:

  • Talking about suicide or making statements revealing a desire to die.
  • Drastic changes in behavior (withdrawal, apathy, moodiness).
  • Losing interest in hobbies and in personal appearance.
  • Depression (crying, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, hopelessness)
  • Worsening academic or job performance and sudden failure to complete assignments.
  • Lack of interest in activities and surroundings (dropping out of sports and clubs).
  • Settling affairs (giving away prized possessions such as books or a CD collection).
  • Increased moodiness, irritability, or aggressiveness.
  • Remarks suggesting profound unhappiness, despair, or feelings of worthlessness.
  • Death and suicidal themes in written work.
  • Self-destructive behavior (taking unnecessary risks or increased drug or alcohol use).