What are the warning signs of suicide with untreated depression?

Warning signs of suicide include:

  • Talking, writing, or thinking about killing or hurting oneself or threatening to do so
  • Depression (deep sadness, loss of interest in once pleasurable activities, changes in sleeping or eating patterns)
  • Having a “death wish”, tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death – for example, driving through red lights
  • Losing interest in things one used to care about
  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, or changing a will
  • Saying things like “it would be better if I wasn’t here” or “I want out”
  • A sudden switch from being very sad to being very calm or appearing to be happy
  • Suddenly visiting or calling people one cares about
  • Talking about suicide
  • Increase in alcohol consumption or drug use
  • Writing a suicidal note
  • Watching well publicized murder and / or suicide reports in the media
  • Conducting online searches on ways to complete suicide
  • Seeking methods to kill oneself, such as getting a gun or pills

This article is credited to WebMD


If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide or having suicidal thoughts, ask for help or call The National Prevention Suicide Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

You are not alone!


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