Possible Warning Signs of Suicide

Possible Warning Signs of Suicide

As young as our students are a few of them are already showing signs of depression and stress.  Below you will find several possible warning signs of suicide:

Planning, talking or thinking about suicide

Signs of DEPRESSION:  unable to sleep or sleeping all the time, loss of energy, change in appetite

Persistent feelings fo being overwhelmed, ANGRY or pessimistic

Increased SUBSTANCE use and/or RISKY BEHAVIOR

Recent grief or loss

Drastic CHANGES in appearance, mood, attitude, behavior or school performance

Giving away treasured possessions

Presious suicide attempts or attempts to harm oneself

A feeling of HOPELESSNESS or loneliness

 

WHATYOU CAN DO

1.  Show you Care - Listen carefully-Be genuine.  Don't judge, lecture, put down or joke.

2.  Ask the Question - Be direct but caring and non-confrontational.  Take all talk of suicide seriously.  "Are you thinking about suicide?"

3.  Get Help - Do not leave hin/her alone.  Talk with a trusted adult (counselor, teacher, parent or religious leader).  Call the crisis hotline 1-800-273-TALK.  "You are not alone.  Let me help you."

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