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Suicide Prevention Coalition

Risk Factors & Warning Signs

Keep hope alive. Suicide can be prevented. Each year in the United States, people of all ages complete suicide. Of these individuals, approximately 80% have given warning signs to their families, friends and neighbors.

Know the warning signs

➢ Talking or writing about suicide
➢ Giving away belongings
➢ Withdrawing from loved ones and activities
➢ Feeling hopeless, helpless, worthless
➢ Seeking ways to suicide, such as guns or pills
➢ Major eating or sleeping changes
➢ Increasing use of alcohol or other drugs
➢ Losing interest in things previously enjoyed

Who is at risk for suicide?

Individuals may be more likely at risk of suicide if they:

➢ Have attempted suicide before
➢ Have family or friends who have attempted or completed suicide
➢ Experienced a recent breakup, loss or other major change
➢ Have severe problems at work or school
➢ Have an untreated mental illness such as depression or bipolar disorder
➢ Have problems with alcohol or other drugs