Know the warning signs
The subject of suicide can carry a heavy stigma, which often makes it a taboo topic. That’s why it’s so important to understand, recognize and talk about the warning signs:
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun.
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing their use of alcohol or drugs.
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
- Sleeping too little or too much.
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings.
According to the CDC, more than half of people who have died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition. However,
these individuals may have struggled with an undiagnosed condition, or one that was unknown to their loved ones. Many factors may contribute to suicide, including challenges to relationships, physical health, work, money, legal or housing stress,
research from the CDC noted.
Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these signs, seek help as soon as possible.
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