Early Warning Signs for Suicide

  • Changes in Behavior

    Normal active people become withdrawn from family, friends, and usual activities. Cautious individuals may start taking unusual risks, possibly violent or rebellious behavior. Any significant change may be cause for special concern. Changes in behaviors may include changes to school work performance.


    Problems in School

    A dramatic drop in grades, falling asleep in class, difficulty concentrating, emotional outbursts, or other behavior that’s uncharacteristic of a particular student may be cause for concern.


    Themes of Death

    A desire to end one’s life may appear in the person’s social media pages, notes written to peers, artwork, poetry, essays, or preoccupation with an occult group or activity.


    Previous Suicide Attempt /Self-Harm by self, family member, or peer

    A significant number of young people who commit suicide have attempted suicide before. Family history of suicide or attempt by a peer


    Substance Abuse

    Alcohol and other drug use appear to be significantly linked to increased risk-taking and suicide attempts among young people.


    Signs of Depression

    These may include changes in eating and sleeping habits, anxiety, restlessness, fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, guilt, and persistent sadness. Alcohol and drug abuse are common ways for people to medicate themselves from depressive feelings.


    Verbal Statements

    Comments such as “You’d be better off without me” or “I wish I were dead” should always be taken seriously.


    Giving Away Possessions

    Someone who has decided to commit suicide may give away personal possessions: music, favorite articles of clothing, etc. to put affairs in order.


    Poor Coping Skills

    The inability to see any options for solving problems and lacking confidence in a brighter future makes young people vulnerable.


    Mental Health

    Learning difficulties, mental health concerns (depression, anxiety, bi-polar)

    Students may suffer or suffered from the following: withdrawn or less social youth, low self-esteem,  abuse (sexual or physical), neglected, parental history of violence, substance abuse, or divorce, the recent loss of peer, family, or close relationship or perfectionist personalities.




    Sexual/Gender Identity


    Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender or Questioning youth