Warning Signs

Warning Signs

Below is a list of potential suicide warning signs. These signs may mean someone is at immediate risk of attempting suicide, especially if a behavior is new, has increased, is in combination with other warning signs, or it is related to a painful event, loss, or change.


Even if you have seen the following list of suicide warning signs, they may manifest themselves in other ways, especially in adults versus youth/teens. View the general list of suicide warning signs below:

  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Poor performance at work and/or school
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Sudden and extreme changes in eating habits /losing or gaining weight
  • Comorbid mental health disorders
  • Withdrawal from family and/or friends
  • A sudden increase in positive mood (after other indicators of suicidality/long-term depression)
  • Sudden change in physical appearance and/or personality
  • A feeling of disconnection from loved ones/ a sense of overwhelming loneliness (thwarted belongingness)
  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself, even in a “joking” manner
  • Talking about being a burden to others (Perceived burdensomeness)
  • Sleeping too little or too much/ extreme changes in sleeping patterns
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Excessive risk taking


If you believe that you or someone else is exhibiting any of these warning signs, especially in combination with one another, reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text “4HOPE” to the Crisis Textline at 741-741.

For more information on how to talk with loved ones about suicide, click here .

Suicide IS preventable. There is always hope.