• Talking about suicide, directly or indirectly
  • Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, loneliness and worthlessness
  • Major loss (death, divorce, and loss of job)
  • Preoccupation with death in the form of music, words, poetry or literature
  • Sudden happiness after a prolonged depression
  • Previous attempts
  • Saying goodbye and making final arrangements
  • Giving away possessions
  • Risk taking behavior
  • Anger and reckless behavior
  • Drug or alcohol abuse, promiscuity, self-cutting
  • Brushes with death (repeated accidents)
  • Obsession with guns or knives
  • History of depression or family depression or suicide
  • Stockpiling pills or purchasing a gun
  • Sadness
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in behavior (withdrawing, eating and sleeping habits)

Risk increases with each of these warning signs. A person may exhibit one or more but does not mean that they have made up their mind to die.

Suicide can be prevented, however, the responsibility for this action does not mean that others take responsibility. There are usually a series of events in a person's life that leads to suicide.

They don't want to end their lives - just the pain. Pain can be the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain, which can occur when the neurotransmitters that regulate how we think, feel and act get out of balance.