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Listen Up: Recognize the Warning Signs of Suicide

There are many warning signs that you may notice before a person attempts suicide. These include:

  • Feeling or appearing depressed or sad most of the time.
  • Talking or writing about death or suicide.
  • Withdrawing from family and friends.
  • Feeling hopeless and/or helpless – like there is no way out of a situation.
  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes or strong emotions like rage.
  • Abusing drugs or alcohol.
  • Exhibiting a change in personality.
  • Acting impulsively or recklessly
  • Losing interest in most activities.
  • Experiencing a change in sleeping and/or eating habits.
  • Performing poorly at work or in school.
  • Giving away prized possessions.
  • Feeling excessive guilt or shame.