Suicide Prevention Signs

Abby Karlin, Editor In Chief

Although National Suicide Prevention Month may be over, in order to keep people safe, it is important to be vigilant in watching for the warning signs of suicide. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, warning signs include:

  • Suicidal ideation, more commonly, threats, comments or jokes that become progressively more dangerous. This may also include an increase in talking, thinking or writing about death.
  • Increased drug and alcohol use.
  • Aggressive or changing behavior.
  • Social withdrawal, specifically concerning friends, community, and family.
  • Dramatic mood swings.
  • Dangerous or reckless behavior.

More immediate or pressing warning signs include:

  • Putting affairs in order or giving away treasured items.
  • Saying goodbye to loved ones.
  • Shifting mood, especially from any type of distress to calm.
  • Any type of planning for suicide, including planning to buy, steal or borrow the tools needed such as a gun or medication.

If you are unsure if you or a loved one is in danger, please contact a mental health professional.