Warning Signs of Suicide

The following warning signs of suicide most directly indicate the individual needs immediate intervention. If someone exhibits any warning signs of suicide, call the University Health Center Mental Health Service at (301) 314-8106, call 911, contact the RA on staff if you are in a Residence Hall, or take the person to the nearest hospital emergency room. 

* Threatening to hurt/kill him or herself, talking about harming him or herself, or announcing that he/she has made a plan to kill him or herself

* Obtaining a weapon or other items that they could use to hurt themselves

* Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide

* Giving away prized possessions

* Neglecting his/her appearance and hygiene

 

Listen for statements like:

    * Nobody cares.

    * Everyone will be better off without me.

    * I wish I were dead.

    * I'm going to end it all.

    * You will be better off without me.

    * What's the point of living?

    * Soon you won't have to worry about me.

    * Who cares if I'm dead, anyway?

 

Other warning signs may include:

     *Hopelessness

     *Rage, uncontrolled anger, revenge seeking

     *Increased alcohol or drug use

     *Withdrawal from family and friends

     *Anxiety, agitation, being unable to sleep or sleeping all the time

     *Dramatic mood changes

     *Expressing feelings that life is meaningless or that there is no reason to live

     *Insomnia

     *Feeling desperate or trapped (like there's no way out)

     *Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life

     *Diagnosed with a mental illness, particularly Depression, Bipolar Disorder, or Schizophrenia

REMEMBER: The risk of suicide may be greatest as the person's depression begins to lift.

 

Information adapted from www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

 

Warning Signs of Depression

Although most depressed people are not suicidal, most suicidal people are depressed. The following warning signs indicate that someone could be suffering from depression and should seek evaluation from a mental health professional at the University Health Center Mental Health Service at (301) 314-8106. If an individual is displaying warning signs of depression and suicide (listed above), the suicide risk might be even higher, and the individual needs immediate intervention. If someone exhibits any warning signs of suicide, call the University Health Center Mental Health Service at (301) 314-8106, call 911, contact the RA on staff if you are in a Residence Hall, or take the person to the nearest hospital emergency room.

     * Depressed mood

     * Significant change in sleep (sleeping a lot more/less than usual)

     * Significant change in appetite

     * Speaking/moving with unusual speed or slowness

     * Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities

     * Withdrawal from family and friends

     * Feelings of fatigue, loss of energy

     * Diminished ability to concentrate, slowed thinking or decisiveness

     * Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and/or guilt

 

Other warning signs may include:

     * Extreme anxiety, agitation, or enraged behavior

     * Neglect of physical health

     * Excessive drug and/or alcohol use or abuse

     * Thoughts of death or suicide

 

Information adapted from www.mentalhealthscreening.org