Clues/Warning Signs

Sad Young WomanClues that someone may be suicidal fall into several categories. Some are verbal, others are behavioral. Click here for more information.Some are very direct, others more subtle. Here are some of the more common clues:

Verbal Clues/Direct

  • I don’t want to live anymore”
  • “I wish I were dead”
  • “I’m going to end it all”
  • “I am going to kill myself”

Verbal Clues/Indirect

  • “No one cares if I live or die”
  •  “Life is just too hard – it isn’t worth it”
  • “Mom would be better off without me”
  • “I just can’t take it anymore”

Behavioral Clues

  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Serious expressions of hopelessness
  • A cluster of depression symptoms
  • Increased substance abuse
  • Unmotivated, irresponsible, uncaring behavior
  • Sudden happiness after a long period of depression
  • Cleaning up loose ends. Saying goodbyes. Giving away prized possessions. Making a will
  • Quitting a job