Risk Factors and Warning Signs

Risk Factors

  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Mental Illness and / or Substance abuse
  • Recent loss ( job or loved one)
  • Access to lethal means
  • Health concerns


 Direct verbal cues                 Indirect verbal cues

• I’m going to kill myself                   • My family (or you) would be better off without me

• I wish I were dead                           • Nobody needs me

• I don’t want to be alive                   • You won’t have to be around me much longer

 

Immediate danger signs – Call 9-1-1  or Access and crisis Line 1-888-724-7240

  • Threatening to kill self
  • Seeking  firearms , pills, or other lethal means


 Warning signs

  • Marked personality change
  • Withdrawing from Friends, family and society
  • Frequent complaints about physical symptoms
  • Paying off debts/ getting affairs in order
  •  Unable to sleep or sleeps all the time
  • Unusual neglect of personal appearance
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Dramatic mood change( suddenly very calm)
  • Anxiety, agitation. Uncontrolled anger

What to do 

  1. Don’t leave the person alone, Stay with them until help arrives or they are safely at a mental health provider office
  2. Remove firearms ,drugs, alcohol or sharp objects that could he used in an attempt
  3. For life threatening emergencies or immediate response call   9-1-1
  4. Contact the Access and Crisis Line at 888-724-7240

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