Signals vary and there is rarely one sign, but several.

A person is at imminent risk when the following occurs:

  1. Putting affairs in order
  2. Behaving recklessly
  3. Changing moods dramatically
  4. Discussing suicide
  5. Talking about feeling worthless
  6. Losing interest in life

OTHER BASIC SIGNS

  • Giving away possessions
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Change in eating pattern, such as significant weight change
  • Change in sleeping pattern, such as insomnia or oversleeping
  • Unwillingness or inability to communicate
  • Depression
  • Extreme or extended boredom
  • Accident-prone (Carelessness)
  • Unusual sadness, discouragement, and loneliness
  • Talk of wanting to die
  • Neglect of schoolwork, job responsibilities, and/ or personal appearance
  • Family disruptions such as divorce, trauma, or losing a loved one
  • Running away from home or truancy from school
  • Confusion – inability to concentrate
  • Chronic pain, panic, or anxiety
  • Perfectionism
  • Restlessness

An easy way to remember these warning signs is by remembering:

IS PATH WARM?

I	Ideation (thinking about suicide)
S	Substance abuse
P	Purposelessness
A	Anxiety       
T	Trapped        
H	Hopelessness       
W	Withdrawal        
A	Anger        
R	Recklessness        
M	Mood changes

Usually, there are four main protective factors:

  1. being attached to others, such as family, peer groups, and school or work,
  2. being committed to a person’s greater community such as organizations, community programs, and being a member of associations,
  3. being involved in activities such as your job, school, and extra-curricular events, and
  4. having a strong belief system that offers conventional morality and ways to foster respect for those around you.

If some of the above factors are present, a person is less likely to consider suicide as an option.

For immediate help, contact:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)

To contact an African-American physician in your area:
National Medical association physician locator service 1 (800) 662-0554

For more information on support systems, click here.

About Suicide

Updated on 2016-12-27T01:51:15+00:00, by kes51290.