National Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide Warning Signs

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Suicide is preventable. Many of those who die by suicide display warning signs, especially if the behavior is new or is related to a painful event, loss or change.

Warning signs include:

 

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Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves

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Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun

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Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live

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Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain

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Talking about being a burden to others

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Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs

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Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly

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Changing sleeping or eating patterns

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Withdrawing or isolating themselves

 

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Loss of interest in usual activities

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Increase in risky/unsafe behaviors

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Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge

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Displaying extreme mood swings

 

***Keeping in mind if these symptoms are lasting longer than 2 weeks

 

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately. If you are in crisis or experiencing any of these warning signs, contact the San Diego Access and Crisis Line, (888) 724-7240. It’s confidential and available 24/7 in all languages.