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These are warning signs of acute suicide risk:
• Threatening to hurt or kill him/herself, or talking of wanting to hurt or kill him/herself
• Looking for ways to kill him/herself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
• Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide, when these actions are out of the ordinary
Here are some expanded warning signs of suicide risk:
• Increased substance (alcohol or drug) use
• No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life
• Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all of the time
• Feeling trapped, like there’s no way out
• Withdrawal from friends, family and society
• Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge
• Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
• Dramatic mood changes
If observed, seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or call a local or national suicide response hotline. These warning signs were compiled by a task force of expert clinical researchers.
Source: American Association of Suicidology http://www.suicidology.org/resources/warning-signs.
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