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Indicators of Increased Suicide Risk

Behavior | Thinking | Mood | Life Events

Changes in behavior:
  • Accident proneness
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Physical violence toward self, others, animals
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sudden alienation from family, friends, and co-workers
  • Worsening performance at work/school
  • Putting personal affairs in order
  • Loss of interest in personal appearance
  • Disposal of possessions
  • Letters, notes, poems with suicidal content
  • Taking unnecessary risks
  • Purchasing a gun
Changes in thinking:
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irrational speech
  • Hearing voices, seeing visions, expressing obviously false and bizarre beliefs
  • Sudden interest or disinterest in church/religion
Changes in mood:
  • Expressions of hopelessness, impending doom
  • Explosive rage
  • Dramatic highs and lows
  • Crying spells
  • Poor appetite, weight loss
  • Lack of sleep or excessive sleep
  • Talks about committing suicide
Changes in life events:
  • Death of family member or friend, especially by suicide
  • Separation or divorce
  • Loss of imporant relationship
  • Public humiliation or failure
  • Serious physical illness or trauma
  • Loss of finanial security