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Warning Signs

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Withdrawal from friends and family members

Trouble in romantic relationships

Difficulty getting along with others

Changes in the quality of schoolwork or lower grades

Rebellious behaviors

Unusual gift-giving or giving away own possessions

Appearing bored or distracted

Writing or drawing pictures about death

Running away from home

Changes in eating habits

Dramatic personality changes

Changes in appearance (for the worse)

Sleep disturbances

Drug or alcohol abuse

Talk of suicide, even in a joking way

Having a history of previous suicide attempts

Preventing Suicide


Complete suicide prevention training (QPR-Question, Persuade, Refer)

Display a mental health awareness ribbon in your home, car or work space to let people know you are available for support

Practice listening to understand, not to respond

Learn how to help by asking questions like:​

"What is something that triggers discomfort for you?"​​​

"What types of physical and emotional changes happen to you when you are triggered?"

"What is something we can do together to help you feel better?"​

"What type of activity helps you feel calm or relaxed?"

Reducing Risks

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Easy access to effective, culturally competent care

Support from medical and mental health care professionals

Coping, problem solving and conflict resolution skills

Restricted access to highly lethal means of suicide (e.g. firearms)

Strong connections to family members

Being connected to safe schools

Academic, artistic, athletic achievements

Nonviolent problem solving and conflict resolution

Family acceptance for their sexual orientation and/or gender identity

A feeling of safety, support and connectivity at school through peer groups like Gay-Straight Alliances

Positive connections with friends who share similar interests

Cultural and religious beliefs that discourage suicide

Positive role models and self esteem

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