Awareness is Vital

Heed these warning signs. It could save someone’s life.

October 2020

With knowledge and awareness, you can help prevent suicide.

Suicide is a growing public health concern, touching lives at home, in the workplace, and in our communities. As tragic and complex as suicide is, it’s important to know that it’s often preventable.

It’s up to each of us to recognize the warning signs. Seek immediate help if you or someone you know is struggling or in danger. Most people who take their own lives exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do.

Know the warning signs – you might be able to save a life

Warning sign: Talk

If a person talks about:

  • Killing themselves
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Having no reason to live
  • Being a burden to others
  • Feeling trapped
  • Unbearable pain

Warning sign: Behavior

Behaviors that may signal risk, especially if related to a painful event, loss, or change:

  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Looking for a way to end their lives, such as searching online for methods
  • 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
  • Fatigue

Warning sign: Mood

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

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of interest
  • Irritability
  • Humiliation/Shame
  • Agitation/Anger
  • Relief/Sudden Improvement

Let’s not be afraid to talk about suicide. Let’s be ready to help someone in crisis. To learn more, visit our Blue KC Suicide Prevention resource or reach out to a Mindful Advocate 24/7 at 833-302-MIND (6463).

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