Although we may not know why someone has chosen suicide as an option, there are some warning signs. If you know a person exhibiting any of these signs please be a friend and talk with him or her and get help. Do not ignore these signs, if a person “jokingly” talks about suicidal thoughts please take this seriously. Jokes may be a cry for help. You can help someone by talking and being encouraging remind the person that, “there is always a brighter tomorrow and it involves him or her.” Suicide is 100% preventable. We need to be mindful of one another and communicate with our friends, family, and co-workers.
Warning signs of suicide include:
- Observable signs of serious depression:
Unrelenting low mood
Anxiety, psychic pain and inner tension
- Increased alcohol and/or other drug use
- Recent impulsiveness and taking unnecessary risks
- Threatening suicide or expressing a strong wish to die
- Making a plan:
Giving away prized possessions
Sudden or impulsive purchase of a firearm
Obtaining other means of killing oneself such as poisons or medications
- Unexpected rage or anger
(American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2011)
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