WARNING SIGNS

OFTEN, IT IS EASY TO SEE WHEN YOUR LOVED ONES BEHAVIOR IS CHANGING. PAY ATTENTION TO THE WARNING SIGNS

 

Risk Factors Associated With Warning Signs

 

Research has found that 46% of people who die by suicide had a known mental health condition. Several other things may put a person at risk of suicide, including:

  • A family history of suicide

  • Substance use disorder. Drugs and alcohol can create mental highs and lows that worsen suicidal thoughts.

  • Intoxication. More than 1 in 3 people who die from suicide are under the influence of alcohol at the time of death.

  • Access to lethal weapons

  • A serious or chronic medical illness

  • Gender. Although more women than men attempt suicide, men are nearly 4x more likely to die by suicide.

  • A history of trauma or abuse

  • Prolonged stress

  • A recent tragedy or loss

  • Grief

  • Sexual orientation

  • Previous suicide attempts

  • Mental illness

  • Social Anxiety

  • Elder abuse

  • Untreated diagnosis

  • Feelings of being a burden to others

  • Feeling trapped

  • Impulsive or aggressive tendencies

  • Job problems or loss

  • Social isolation

  • Criminal problems

  • Financial problems

  • Serious illness

  • Lack of access to behavioral care and medicine

  • Adverse childhood experiences such as child abuse and neglect

  • Stigma associated with mental illness or help-seeking