Suicide Warning Signs | Reader's Digest

Suicide Warning Signs

Is someone you know at risk of suicide? Here are the signs to look for.

The following suicide warning signs have been compiled from leecountycares.org. Visit their website for suicide prevention information and resources.

Warning Signs to Look For

  • Depression
  • Dramatic Mood Changes
  • Withdrawing from friends, family and society
  • Self destructive behavior, rage and anger
  • Changes in behavior
  • Talking about feeling worthless or helpless
  • School, work, family crisis
  • Giving away prized possessions

What To Do Next

  • Familiarize yourself with the warning signs
  • Get involved
  • Listen, be direct, have open communication
  • Offer hope and alternatives, ways to get help
  • Take action

Take a step, stretch or leap towards suicide prevention with the ideas and tips below.


Help Prevent Suicide—Keep Your Eyes Open

Step:
People who are thinking about suicide often give warning signs. Visit Stop A Suicide and print out a checklist to understand the warning signs. Share what you’ve learned with your family, friends and neighbors.

Stretch:
Walk for suicide prevention
. Join your local chapter or start your own.

Leap:
Start a local suicide prevention network in your community. Work with area leaders, clergy and schools to save another life.

For more information, visit these websites: