Warning signs

Warning Signs

Warning Signs are the earliest observable clues that show that a person is at risk of suicide (within minutes, hours or days.)

Observable and strong signs of a suicidal crisis needing immediate attention

  • Someone threatening to hurt or kill themselves;
  • Someone looking for the means (gun, pills, rope, etc.) to kill themselves; and
  • Someone talking or writing about death, dying or suicide.

Action: Call 000. Do not leave the person alone

Warning signs of suicide where professional help is needed

Someone showing signs of :

  • Hopelessness;
  • Persistent crying;
  • Loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities;
  • Rage, anger, seeking revenge;
  • Acting reckless/engaging in risky activities;
  • Feeling trapped (like there is no way out);
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use;
  • Withdrawing from friends, family or society;
  • Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep/sleeping all the time;
  • Giving away possessions;
  • Dramatic changes in mood; or
  • No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life.

Action: Seek help for someone by contacting your GP or VVCS and read the page “I am worried about myself”.