Suicide Warning Signs

To further raise awareness about suicide, the It’s On My Mind campaign has identified the following warning signs:
  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities – seemingly without thinking
  • Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
  • Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes
  • Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life
  • Seek help immediately if you or someone you know is experiencing these warning signs: Go to your nearest emergency room, contact a mental health professional or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
    College students can get information on their campus resources or emergency contact information by visiting

    Kathleen Young, Psy.D.

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