Hope is your best defense against suicide.
Suicide can be prevented. The best way to prevent suicide is to be aware of some of the common warning signs. Although some suicides do occur without warning, most people will show some outward signs. Recognize when someone is suicidal but importantly, be aware of the first signs of trouble.
Recognize the first signs of trouble
- Depressed Mood
- No interest in activities
- Changes in appetite
- Changes is sleep patterns
- Social withdrawal
- Impulsive, reckless behavior
- Uncontrollable anger
- Increased alcohol or drug use
- Anxiety and agitation
- Inability to concentrate
- Dramatic mood swings
- Sense that life has no purpose
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Feelings of hopelessness or being trapped
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Signs someone may be suicidal
- Expresses depression, anxiety, stress, and feelings of hopelessness.
- Has increased conflicts with or aggression toward others.
- Talks or writes about death and dying, killing oneself, or ending it all.
- Starts giving away possessions or tying up loose ends.
- Withdraws from family, friends, and activities once enjoyed.
- Increases use of alcohol and/or drugs or engages in reckless behaviors.
- Gains access to guns, pills, knives, etc.
Hope – Your best defense
Conveying hope with a loved one is your best defense against suicide. It is always better to overreact than to underreact.
- Express your concern.
- Listen, offer support and understanding – don’t worry about saying the wrong thing.
- Don’t judge, argue, or act shocked by their plans.
- Your genuine interest and support are what matters.