While there is no single cause for suicide, there are warning signs to watch for if someone you care about may be at risk. Remember: suicidal thoughts can affect anyone—whether or not they show any outward signs. 

Some behavioral warning signs to watch for include: 

  • Making a plan or looking for ways to end one’s life 
  • Isolating from loved ones 
  • Withdrawing from activities 
  • Acting recklessly 
  • Increasing substance use 
  • Sleeping too much or too little 
  • Giving away possessions 

Verbal cues could include expressing: 

  • Thoughts of suicide 
  • Feeling hopeless or trapped 
  • Being in unbearable pain 
  • Feeling like a burden 
  • Having no reason to live 

Changes in mood might include feelings of: 

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Loss of interest 
  • Irritability 
  • Anger 
  • Extreme mood swings 

Whether someone displays one, many or perhaps none of these signs, don’t wait to check in on someone you love. A simple question can open the door to deeper conversation. If you don’t know how to have that conversation, professionals are available right now to help you help someone you love.  

Mental Health Emergency: Call 9-1-1  
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255  Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 

There are #ZeroReasonsWhy we can’t take action to prevent suicide.