Warning Signs of Suicide

Someone commits suicide every 14 minutes in the United States, according to Family and Children's Services.

People at risk of suicide often display warning signs. Your friend or loved one could be at increased risk if he:

  • Expresses a strong wish to die or threatens to kill himself,
  • Talks or writes about death, dying or suicide,
  • Makes statements such as, "You'll be better off when I'm gone," or "Soon you won't have to worry about me,"
  • Suddenly begins acting happier and calmer,
  • Begins giving away prized possessions,
  • Impulsively purchases a firearm or obtains poisons or other means of killing himself,
  • Seems hopeless; expresses no reason for living or sense of purpose in life,
  • Acts reckless or engages in risky activities, seemingly without thinking,
  • Increases his alcohol or drug use, or
  • Displays extreme mood swings.

Information from Family and Children's Services