Suicide Warning Signs

People who are thinking of ending their life often exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do. There usually is not one clear reason for why someone may feel suicidal or that suicide is the only answer to their problems. Suicide is preventable and knowing the warning signs allows us to help those around us who may be feeling hopeless. The more warning signs someone exhibits, the greater the risk they have of acting on their thoughts of suicide. Below you will find some of the warning signs of someone at risk.


Some warning signs might include the way a person expresses themselves. Verbal warning signs include:

  • Talking of suicide
  • Having no reason to live
  • Being a burden to others
  • Feeling trapped
  • Experiencing unbearable pain


A person’s suicide risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased, especially if it’s related to a painful event, loss, or change.

  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means
  • Acting recklessly
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Aggression


People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods.

  • Depression
  • Loss of interest
  • Rage
  • Irritability
  • Humiliation
  • Anxiety

If you or someone you know is exhibiting these warning signs please reach out. Help is just a phone call away. Crisis Response of Southeast Minnesota provides 24/7 phone support, a suicide prevention helpline and mental health services. Please call us at 1-844-274-7472.