Warning signs are invitations for help. Some are direct, and some are indirect, and no two people will necessarily share the same types of warning signs. If you notice any behavior change in yourself, a friend, or a loved one, it is an opportunity for you to start a conversation. Here are some common behavior changes that may be signs of suicidal thoughts.
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- Suicide threats or previous suicide attempts
- Statements revealing a desire to die
- Alcohol and drug abuse: sudden changes in use
- Sudden changes in behavior
- Persistent low mood, hopelessness, anxiety, withdrawal, desperation
- Neglect of school work, personal grooming or other routine tasks
- Changes in physical health such as changes in sleep habits, appetite, weight, or energy level
- Personal crises and major losses or rejections
- Loss of relationship
- Making final arrangements
- Giving away prized possessions
- Purchasing a gun or stockpiling pills
- Perceived or actual lack of support
- Ominous, dark, or vague social media posts or sudden withdrawal from social media use
- Academic concerns that may be experienced as failure
- Lacking coping skills and feelings of hopelessness
- Identity concerns
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If you are experiencing any of these warning signs, the Counseling Center is here to help. Check out the links below to learn how.
If you are noticing these warning signs in someone else, here’s how to start the conversation.