People who are thinking of ending their life exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do. The more warning signs, the greater the risk.

Talk

If a person talks about:

  • Suicide
  • Having no reason to live
  • Being a burden to others
  • Feeling trapped
  • Unbearable pain

Behavior

A person’s suicide risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased, especially if it’s related to a painful event, loss, or change.

  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means
  • Acting recklessly
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Aggression

Mood

People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods.

  • Depression
  • Loss of interest
  • Rage
  • Irritability
  • Humiliation
  • Anxiety


Help is just a phone call away. Crisis Response of Southeast Minnesota provides 24/7 phone support, a suicide prevention helpline and mental health services. Please call us at 1-844-CRISIS2 or 1-844-274-7472.