Friday, October 3, 2008

Warning Signs of Suicide

Suicide is a devastating act that almost always seems to friends and family members like a bolt from the blue. But people often give clues that they are thinking of suicide. Recognizing the warning signs of suicide could result in a life being saved.

Giving away cherished possession, making a will and being preoccupied with death are red flags for impending suicide. Furthermore, the old saying that people who talk about suicide don’t do it is simply not true. Often such talk is a cry for help before it’s too late.

Another warning sign of suicide is depression. Any of these changes could indicate depression:

- Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
- Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
- Poor performance at work or school
- Poor concentration
- Withdrawal

Anyone who is depressed or has been depressed is at risk for suicide. Other risk factors include:

- Alcohol and drug use
- History of physical or sexual abuse
- Death of a friend or family member
- Previous suicide attempt
- End of a relationship

If you suspect someone is considering suicide, take the warning signs seriously! Don’t assume it will blow over. Share your concerns with someone who is a position to take charge or contact your local health professional.

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