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


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



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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