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Warning Signs

People who might be at risk of suicide usually offer clues, directly or indirectly. Here are some warning signs that someone might be facing a crisis and thinking of suicide.


  • feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
  • trouble concentrating or thinking clearly
  • Social isolation or withdrawal
  • pulling away from friends or family
  • losing interest or pleasure in favourite activities, or the desire to go out

Sudden and alarming changes

  • grades dropping
  • notable changes in weight, eating, sleeping patterns, appearance, mood or behaviour (e.g. from quiet to hyperactive, or from outgoing to withdrawn)
  • Suddenly improvement in mood  for no apparent reason after a long depression

Self-destructive behaviour

  • taking risks, like abusing drugs or alcohol, driving recklessly or having unprotected sex
  • self-inflicted injuries, e.g. cuts, burns, etc

Hinting at death

  • talking more about death, or making ambiguous statements like “You won't have to worry about me anymore” or “You’d be better off without me”
  • referring to things they won't be needing anymore, or giving away possessions
  • visiting or saying goodbye to family or friends as if they won't see them again


Of course, people can display some of these actions and behaviours for many reasons. But if you see any of these warning signs, its right to show interest and concern.