Suicide does not have one single cause. Certain factors like substance abuse and untreated depression can lead to higher risk of suicide just as having a trusted group of friends can help protect you. The warning signs of suicide are indicators that a person may be in acute danger and may urgently need help. The following are some of the signs you might notice in yourself or a friend that may be reason for concern:
• Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill oneself
• Making a plan or looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching for lethal methods online, stockpiling pills, or buying a gun
• Talking about great guilt or shame
• Feeling empty, hopeless, overwhelmed, or feeling like there is no reason to live
• Feeling trapped, that there are no solutions, or in unbearable pain, (emotional pain or physical pain)
• Talking about being a burden to others
• Stress from prejudice and discrimination (family rejection, harassment, bullying, violence)
• Feeling lonely or like there is no one they can talk to
• Feeling like no one would care if they are gone or like it would be easier for everyone if they were gone
• Acting anxious or agitated
• Displaying extreme mood swings, suddenly changing from very sad to very calm or happy
• Taking great risks that could lead to death, such as driving extremely fast