Warning Signs for Suicide:
A list of warning signs for suicide developed by an expert panel

Call 9-1-1 or seek immediate help from a mental health provider when you hear or see any one of these behaviors:

  • Someone threatening to hurt or kill themselves;
  • Someone looking for ways to kill themselves: seeking access to pills, weapons, or other means;
  • Someone talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide

Seek help by contacting a mental health professional or calling 1-800-273-TALK for a referral should you witness, hear, or see anyone exhibiting any one or more of these behaviors:

  • Hopelessness;
  • Rage, anger, 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 or society;
  • Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep, or sleeping all the time;
  • Dramatic mood changes;
  • No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life.

Taken from American Association of Suicidology
Warning Signs for Suicide Prevention provides a list of warning signs for suicide panel.

Updated November 2011