Having more warning signs
Having more than one of these warning signs have been associated with greater risk of suicidal behavior.
- Seek immediate help if your loved one or friend has critical warning signs like talking about ending their life or dying or looking for ways to end their life.
Losses and other events-whether anticipated or actual- can lead to feelings of shame, humiliation, or despair and may serve as a triggering event for suicidal behavior.
- Losses may include: a relationship break-up, death of someone close, school difficulty, legal problems, bullying, health problems, financial difficulty or job loss. People who are already vulnerable because of a mental health problem may be at increased risk.
Previous suicide attempts
Those with a history of a past suicide attempt are at increased risk for another attempt or suicide. If you know of a previous attempt, pay attention to warning signs.
- Remember: It is ok to express concern and to ask ‘are you having thoughts of suicide or self- harm”. Listen carefully and seek professional help as soon as possible. Although you cannot take responsibility for another person’s life, you can assist them to get help.