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Warning Signs

Suicidal people may show signs of their intentions, but those around them may not be aware of the significance of these warnings or know how to react to them. It is rare for suicide to be a purely impulsive act. Most people want to live, but they need to end their pain. What signs should raise concerns?

Verbal Comments

  • "I'm going to kill myself."

  • "I just can't take it anymore."

  • "Everyone would be better off without me."

  • "I'm not suicidal/depressed", although obvious to others.


  • ​Loss of a relationship

  • Bullying or being bullied

  • Divorce

  • Violence

  • Over-emphasis on achievment

  • Change of life-style

What If You Notice These Signs?

  • Stay calm – Maintain a hopeful and must live attitude.

  • Get involved – Trust your instincts and ability to help.

  • Be willing to listen.

  • Be direct and talk openly and matter of fact about suicide.

  • Take any talk of suicide seriously.

  • Ask the person what their plan is and remove the intended method.

  • Don’t dare, judge or argue with a suicidal person.

  • Let the person know that you care. Listen to what the person says about their feelings.

  • Be non-judgmental.

  • Tell someone who can help such as a parent, teacher, religious leader, adult friend, doctor, mental health professional. Keep telling someone until you find someone who will help. DO NOT KEEP SUICIDAL PLANS A SECRET.


  • If you have concerns about yourself or someone you care about please contact a mental health professional or call
    1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).


The knowledge and recognition of these warning signs and others can help our loved ones. Together we can prevent suicide.

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