Counseling Center

Warning Signs

BEHAVIORAL SIGNS

  • Withdrawal from friends, family, society
  • Engaging in risky or reckless behavior
  • Increased substance use (alcohol or drugs)
  • Change in eating pattern (loss of or increased appetite)
  • Change in sleep pattern (insomnia or oversleeping)
  • Change in academic performance (failing grades, missing classes, etc.)

LIFE EVENTS

  • History of past suicide attempts
  • Loss of friend or family member to suicide
  • Recent rejections, failures, or losses (ending of a romantic relationship, lower grades than expected, family problems)

DIRECT-SUICIDE RELATED COMMENTS/BEHAVIORS

  • Talking about suicide either in a direct manner, “I’m thinking about killing myself” or in a vague way, “It would better for everyone if I wasn’t a problem.”
  • Developing a plan or obtaining means to commit suicide (buying a firearm, collecting pills.)

MOOD/FEELINGS

  • Hopelessness/Helplessness
  • Anxiety/agitation
  • Anger
  • Sadness/tearful
Last Updated: 6/26/15