Are you worried about someone, or wondering if you should be worried?
Below we have listed some risk factors and warning signs for suicide. If someone you know shows one, or more, of these signs, please take them seriously. Reaching out can save a life. Remember, everyone shows distress differently.
Who is at risk?
The people most at risk for completing suicide are those who:
- Feel hopeless, helpless, worthless, trapped or intolerably alone.
- Have a firearm in the home. Have increased their use of alcohol or are binge drinkers.
- Have attempted suicide in the past.
- Have been exposed to the suicide of another person.
- Have a history of violence.
- Have become isolated from friends, family, society and support systems.
- Are not receiving the mental health care they need.
What are the warning signs?
Some warning signs may include:
- Threatening to hurt or kill oneself, or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself.
- Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means.
- Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide.
- Acting recklessly or engaging in risky activities—seemingly without thinking.
- Experiencing dramatic mood changes.
For more warning signs and risk factors, visit the Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition website:
What can I do?
Lock up guns, pills and other things that can be used for harm if you are worried about someone. A study found that limiting access to means, especially to guns, can help reduce the risk of a fatal suicide attempt; suicide attempts are often an impulsive act. Maybe a friend, neighbor or law enforcement agency could store your family’s guns for a while if someone in your home is struggling with depression. Learn more here.
Learn more about securing lethal means here.
Not sure whether to worry about someone’s behavior? Not sure how to reach out? Call us, we can help. 1-877-266-4357