Suicide Warning Signs

Not everyone dealing with a mental health problem like depression or anxiety is going to have thoughts of suicide, but it does put them at higher risk for it.

If you believe someone is at immediate risk of suicide, call 911 – when someone’s life is at stake, you can’t afford to take a chance.

If you’re concerned about someone, here are some signs to look for:

Talking about suicide or death

Talking about suicide or death Any reference to suicide or death should be taken seriously. Whether he says things like "I wish I was dead", or seems preoccupied with death and wanting to escape from life, there may be reason for concern.

Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness

Expressions of having no hope for the future, feeling trapped, or self-loathing may be indicators of suicidal thinking. A person might say something like "there’s nothing left for me" or "what’s the point?".

Putting affairs in order

This could include giving away possessions, saying goodbye to friends and family, or suddenly putting personal and business affairs in order.

Isolating from others

If a guy has isolated himself from others (which is unusual for him), he may be at risk of thinking about suicide.

Seeking out lethal means

If you notice the person seeking access to guns, pills, knives, ropes, or other things that could potentially be used in a suicide attempt, you need to voice your concerns.