Government of New Brunswick

Suicide prevention depends heavily on our ability to recognize those people who are in distress and may be at risk. The American Association of Suicidology developed a simple tool that we can all use to remember the warning signs of suicide. This tool is called "IS PATH WARM" and outlines the key points to remember.

I – Ideation (suicidal thoughts)
S – Substance Abuse
P – Purposelessness
A – Anxiety
T – Trapped
H – Hopelessness/Helplessness
W – Withdrawal
A – Anger
R – Recklessness
M – Mood changes

Other signs and behaviours to be aware of and that might suggest someone being at risk of suicide include:

  • Direct and indirect verbal expressions: “I don’t want to live anymore”, “there is nothing to live for anymore”, “people will be better off without me”
  • Dramatic changes in mood
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Agitation
  • Increase in drug and alcohol use
  • Risk taking behavior
  • Aggressive, impulsive and/or violent acts
  • Expressions of hopelessness and purposelessness
  • Lack of self care or outright neglect of self
  • Changes in eating and sleeping patterns
  • Withdrawal from family, friends, and interests
  • Giving away prize possessions and/or making a will
  • Reconnecting with old friends and extended family as if to say goodbye
  • Previous unresolved or recent suicide attempts

This information has been quoted from http://www.suicideprevention.ca/about-suicide/warning-signs. For more information please visit the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention website http://www.suicideprevention.ca. This website is not available in French. "Warning Signs." Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention. American Association of Suicidology. Web. 7 Feb 2013.