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The Warning Signs of Suicide

Suicide is rarely a spur of the moment decision. In the days and hours before people kill themselves, there are usually clues and warning signs. It's VERY crucial that we see, understand, and LISTEN. 

The strongest and most disturbing signs are verbal - "I can't go on," "Nothing matters any more" or even "I'm thinking of ending it all." Such remarks should always be taken seriously and actions steps are necessary. 

Other common warning signs include:

  • Becoming depressed or withdrawn

  • Behaving recklessly

  • Getting affairs in order and giving away valued possessions

  • Showing a marked change in behavior, attitudes or appearance

  • Abusing drugs or alcohol

  • Suffering a major loss or life change

The following list gives more examples, all of which can be signs that somebody is thinking of suicide (suicidal ideation). In most cases these situations do not lead to suicide. But, generally, the more signs a person displays, the higher the risk of suicide.


  • Family history of suicide or violence

  • Sexual or physical abuse

  • Death of a close friend or family member

  • Divorce or separation, ending a relationship

  • Failing academic performance, impending exams, exam results

  • Job loss, problems at work

  • Impending legal action

  • Recent imprisonment or upcoming release



  • Crying

  • Fighting

  • Breaking the law

  • Impulsiveness

  • Self-mutilation

  • Writing about death and suicide

  • Previous suicidal behavior

  • Extremes of behavior

  • Changes in behavior

  • Searching the internet for sites about suicide or suicide methods


Physical Changes

  • Lack of energy

  • Disturbed sleep patterns - sleeping too much or too little

  • Loss of appetite

  • Sudden weight gain or loss

  • Increase in minor illnesses

  • Change of sexual interest

  • Sudden change in appearance

  • Lack of interest in appearance


Thoughts and Emotions

  • Thoughts of suicide

  • Loneliness - lack of support from family and friends

  • Rejection, feeling marginalized

  • Deep sadness or guilt

  • Unable to see beyond a narrow focus

  • Daydreaming

  • Anxiety and stress

  • Helplessness

  • Loss of self-worth

Hope Gatekeepers | Suicide Prevention
Hope Gatekeepers | Suicide Prevention
Hope Gatekeepers | Suicide Prevention
Hope Gatekeepers | Suicide Prevention
Hope Gatekeepers | Suicide Prevention
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The most important step is to talk to someone.

People who feel suicidal should not try to cope alone.

They should seek help NOW. Time is crucial.

  • Talk to family or friends. Just talking to a family member or a friend or a colleague can bring huge relief.

  • Talk to a befriender. Some people cannot talk to family or friends. Some find it easier to talk to a stranger. There are befriending centers all over the world, with volunteers who have been trained to listen. If calling is too difficult, the person can send an email; some centers provide face-to-face help for people who drop by, and some provide help by internet one-to-one chat and respond to SMS text messages.

  • Talk to a doctor. If someone is going through a longer period of feeling low or suicidal, he or she may be suffering from clinical depression. This is a medical condition and can usually be treated by a doctor through the prescription of drugs and/or a referral to therapy. Other mental health problems, as well as substance abuse increase the risk of suicidal thoughts, and these can be treated. The first step is to see a doctor or mental health professional.

Time is an important factor in ‘moving on', but what happens in that time also matters. When someone is feeling suicidal, they should talk about their feelings immediately and NEVER leave a suicidal person alone.

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September 24, 2021, Hope Gatekeepers will start visiting our communities to bring HOPE. Join us as we educate our communities about suicide prevention and mental health awareness.

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Our events are uplifting and inspirational for those who lost a loved one to suicide or just have a heart for supporting our communities. Hope Gatekeepers are hope givers and will continue to support families affected by suicide.