Suicide Warning Signs
Experts at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention say there is no one single cause of suicide, as it stems from a complex mental health issue. However, depression is the most common condition associated with suicide. Loved ones should be aware of these warning signs:
· How they talk: A person may talk about suicide or having no reason to live. They can describe feelings of being trapped or like a burden to others.
· Behavior: Look for an increase in drug or alcohol use, whether the person is researching ways to kill himself, acting reckless, withdrawing and isolating himself, sleeping too much or too little or giving away possessions.
· Mood: A person considering suicide often displays one or more of the following moods: depression, loss of interest, rage, irritability, humiliation or anxiety.
Source: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
More information can be found at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which operates a 24/7 hotline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255).