Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Warning Signs

Talking about suicide or wanting to die

  • “I want out.”
  • “Everyone would be better off without me.” 
  • “There is no reason to live.”

Talking about feeling alone, hopeless, isolated, useless, or a burden to others

  • “I don’t want to get out of bed…ever.”
  • “Leave me alone.”

Showing irritability and hostility that is out of character

Impulsive behaviors

  • Driving recklessly
  • Increase in substance use
  • Taking other risks

Withdrawal from or change in everyday activities 

  • Not going to class, drop in grades, missed assignments
  • Change in appetite and sleep
  • Low energy, concentration, or motivation
  • Neglect of health and self-care

Intense and urgent emotional despair or intense guilt or shame

  • “I can’t take this pain anymore.”
  • “There is no way out.” 
  • “I’m a failure.”

Showing rage or seeking revenge

“I’ll show you all. You’ll be sorry.”

Saying goodbyes, giving away personal possessions

Glorifying death or making death seem heroic

Posting distressing messages, emoticons, or content on social media

Asking where/how to get potentially lethal means such as access to pills or weapons

* Adapted from the “Help a Friend in Need” publication- The JED Foundation, Facebook, and Clinton Foundation

What Do You Do?

If you see or have these warning signs, please get help by contacting one of our Resources.

If it is an emergency situation, call 911.