Common Signs

These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if a behaviour is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change.


A suicidal person urgently needs to have support and see a doctor or mental health professional for assessment.

Warning Signs of Suicide

  • Talking about wanting to die or about wanting to kill themselves.
  • Looking for or planning a way to die, such as searching online.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Acting anxious or agitated, behaving recklessly.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Becoming withdrawn or feeling isolated.
  • Talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.
  • Preoccupation with death.
  • Suddenly happier or calmer following a period of low mood.
  • Loss of interest in things they care about.
  • Contacting people to say goodbye.
  • Making arrangements; setting affairs in order.
  • Giving things away, such as prized possessions.


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