Learn More: Suicide Warning Signs
The World Health Organization estimates more than 800,000 people die of suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Not to mention the thousands more who attempt suicide, and the even greater number who think about it.
Suicide is a significant public health problem, but it is preventable. For anyone who has warning signs, we encourage you to seek help immediately.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention lists these cautionary suicide signs:
- A change in behavior or the presence of new behaviors, particularly following a painful event, loss or change
- Talking about being a burden to others, feeling trapped, having no reason to live
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting recklessly
- Withdrawing from friends and family
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Visiting or calling people to say good-bye
- Displaying signs of depression, loss of interest, rage, anxiety and humiliation