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Look For Signs

Ask questions. Intervene. Don't give up.

Understanding signs of suicide and being vigilant are first steps toward prevention and helping others.

Ask questions.  Intervene.  Don't give up.

Learn What To Look For

Learn What To Look For

It is heard from family or friends that suicide intervention may have been possible if only they had known.

There are several key signs that family and friends can look for.  Perhaps it could be detecting a change in behavior or personality. Perhaps it's certain prescribed medication or illicit drug use.  Some signs may not be as bold as others. Even just a little awareness can be enough to make a difference.

In a recent study of data over a five-year period, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported certain activities or signs leading up to suicides or suicide attempts were more prevalent than others. This list represents, in order, the most common underlying known causes from the study.

This list is not intended to be scientific answers to this or any other study on suicide. It may be useful as general knowledge of signals or warning signs that family and friends may use to familiarize themselves regarding events associated with suicides or attempted suicides.

  • Current mental health problem.
  • Diagnosis of depression.
  • Left a note (or other recorded communication).
  • Problems with a current or former partner.
  • Physical health problem(s).
  • History of suicidal thoughts or plans.
  • Disclosed suicidal thoughts/plans in the last month.
  • Received mental health or substance abuse treatment.
  • Victim had a history of suicide attempts.
  • Alcohol dependence or alcohol problem.

While there is no single answer for society to overcome suicide, education and awareness still remain key steps to a positive outcome. You can help.

Ask questions. Intervene. Don't give up.