KNOW THE RISK FACTORS
Risk factors are characteristics that make it more likely that someone will consider, attempt, or die by suicide. They can't cause or predict a suicide attempt, but they're important to be aware of.
particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and certain personality disorders.
SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS
Including alcohol abuse and other substance abuse.
A feeling or state of despair; lack of hope.
HISTORY OF TRAUMA
Or history of abuse.
All types of physical illness.
PREVIOUS SUICIDE ATTEMPTS
Including suicidal thoughts, ideations, and history of family suicide. Local clusters of suicide and exposure to suicide also increases the risk.
Loss of job, relationships, or financials.
LACK OF SUPPORT
Lack of social support and sense of isolation.
Stigma associated with asking for help.
CULTURE AND RELIGION
Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma.
LACK OF RESOURCES
Lack of healthcare, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these, seek help.
TALKING ABOUT WANTING TO DIE OR TO KILL THEMSELVES
LOOKING FOR A WAY TO KILL THEMSELVES
TALKING ABOUT FEELING HOPELESS OR HAVING NO REASON TO LIVE
TALKING ABOUT FEELING TRAPPED OR IN UNBEARABLE PAIN
TALKING ABOUT BEING A BURDEN TO OTHERS
INCREASING THE USE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS
ACTING ANXIOUS OR AGITATED
SLEEPING TOO LITTLE OR TOO MUCH
WITHDRAWING OR ISOLATING THEMSELVES
SHOWING RAGE OR TALKING ABOUT SEEKING REVENGE
EXTREME MOOD SWINGS
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR FEELINGS
Are you experiencing any of these feelings that start with the word can't?
Can’t stop the pain
Can’t think clearly
Can’t make decisions
Can’t see any way out
Can’t sleep, eat or work
Can’t get out of depression
Can’t make the sadness go away
Can’t see a future without pain
Can’t see themselves as worthwhile
Can’t get someone’s attention
Can’t seem to get control
Talking with and finding help for someone that may be suicidal can be difficult. Here are some tips that may help.
Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.
Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.
Be non-judgmental. Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad. Don’t lecture on the value of life.
Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
Don’t dare him or her to do it.
Don’t act shocked. This will put distance between you.
Don’t be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.
Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance.
Take action. Remove means, like weapons or pills.
Get help from people or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.
“If you're looking for a sign not to kill yourself, this is it”