Everyone has hard times. That's part of life. And when someone is having
a particularly hard time, it usually shows, if you really look. That's
because it's normal to have feelings, thoughts, and changes in our behaviors
when we encounter difficult situations. Learn to recognize these warning
signs, for the safety of your friends and for yourself.
If someone you know appears to be at risk of suicide:
Ask the question - are you thinking about suicide?
concern - talk and listen.
Help the person get in contact with someone
trained in suicide prevention. If you or the person you are concerned
about are a teen, please get an adult in your life to help.
Some Signs That Point To Suicide Risk:
no interest in the future
strong interest in death - in readings, conversations, writing, art
giving away important possessions
hinting about suicide
talking directly about suicide
talking about a plan for suicide, especially if s/he has access to a gun
A Person May Be Especially Likely To Attempt Suicide If His/Her Past Includes:
previous suicide attempts
a suicide death in the family
the suicide of a friend, or a public figure that s/he identifies with
These Traits Are Also Associated With A Higher Risk Of Feeling Suicidal:
having severe depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety along with substance abuse
having an active thought disorder type of mental illness
being highly impulsive
being extremely perfectionistic
Some of the Behaviors:
loses interest in school, hobbies
changes in grades or work performance
changes in appearance
changes in types of friends
changes in appetites
alcohol or other drug abuse
changes in sleeping
getting into fights
taking more risks
intentionally harming self
extreme mood swings
Some of the Situations:
low grades or bad work review
not making a team
rejected by peers
death - family or friend
serious illness - family or friend
serious illness - self
financial problems in the family
death of a pet
substance abuse in the family
substance abuse -self
physical, sexual, or emotional abuse
Some of the Feelings:
Some of the Thoughts:
I don't fit in.
It's my fault.
I do everything wrong.
I'm no good.
No one cares.
No one understands.
This will never end.
I am a burden.
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