In addition to recognizing a pattern of risk factors in someone you know, it also helps to pay attention to warning signs—indicators, messages or behaviours that could be suicidal communications.
- Threatening to hurt or kill him/herself, or talking of wanting to hurt or kill him/herself; and/or, looking for ways to kill him/herself by seeking access to firearms, available pills or other means; and/or, talking or writing about death, dying or suicide, when these actions are out of the ordinary.
- Saying they have no hope, feel trapped or feel there is no point in "going on".
- Drinking more alcohol or using drugs, including prescription medicines.
- No longer wanting to see people and spending increased time alone.
- No longer taking care of themselves or following medical advice.
- Giving away their things and/or hurrying to complete a will or settling other financial affairs.