Suicide can be prevented. While some suicides occur without any outward warning, most people who are suicidal do give warnings. Prevent the suicide of loved ones by learning to recognize the signs of someone at risk, taking those signs seriously and knowing how to respond to them.
If a person talks about:
Suicide or expressing a strong wish to die
Feeling worthless or a burden to others
Be aware of these behaviors:
Increased use of drugs and alcohol
Impulsiveness and unnecessary risk taking
Making a plan i.e. giving away prized possessions, sudden purchase of firearm, acquiring poisons or medications, etc.
Unexpected rage or anger
Observable signs of depression:
Anxiety, physical pain & inner tension
Problems with sleep
Risk factors are characteristics or conditions that increase the chance that a person may try to take their life.
Bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder
Borderline or antisocial personality disorder
Psychotic disorders, or psychotic symptoms in the context of any disorder
Substance abuse disorders
Serious or chronic health condition and/or pain
Stressful life events which may include a death, divorce, or job loss
Prolonged stress factors which may include harassment, bullying, relationship problems, and unemployment
Access to lethal means including firearms and drugs
Exposure to another person’s suicide, or to graphic or sensationalized accounts of suicide
Family history of suicide
Previous suicide attempts
Sex: Males are three to five times more likely to die by suicide than females.
Age: Elderly Caucasian males have the highest suicide rates.