- Abrupt changes in personality
- Giving away possessions
- Previous suicide attempt
- Ending of a romance
- Inability to tolerate frustration
- Use of drugs and/or alcohol
- Eating disturbances, (significant weight changes)
- Change in sleep patterns
- Unwillingness or inability to communicate
- Sexual promiscuity
- Extreme or extended boredom
- Inability to concentrate
- Accident prone (Carelessness)
- Unusually long grief reaction
- Unusual sadness, discouragement and loneliness
- Hostile behavior
- Neglect of academic work
- Neglect of personal appearance
- Major loss (of a loved person, home; loss of status through divorce,
trauma or losing loved one)
- Running away from home, or truancy from school
- Withdrawal (from people, especially close friends, family and/or favorite activities)
- Reckless behavior
- Lack of esteem
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15 – 24 year old Canadians.
- Up to 70% of Canadian high school students have seriously considered suicide.
- 95% of all youth suicides are preventable.
- Suicide kills more than traffic accidents.
- Problems with school or the law.
- Breakup of romance, unexpected pregnancy.
- A stressful family life. Having parents who are depressed or are substance abusers. A family history of suicide.
- Loss or security. Fear of higher ups, group or gang.
- Stress due to new situation; beginning new school, college or relocating to new community.
- A serious illness or injury.
- Financial pressures — or loss of job.
- Pressure of overly high expectations to excel. Failing in school or failing to pass an important test.
- Remorse of causing another person's pain; a broken romance, an accident that injured another person.
- Listen, really listen, take time to let them talk. Let them know you are there for them and are really willing to help.
- Take what is said seriously, don't laugh off his feelings... remember they may think things are hopeless.
- Stay with the person if you feel they are in danger of self harm.
- Don't argue, act judgmental or preach.
- Find out if they have a plan. The more specific the plan, the greater the suicidal risk factor. Assist them in looking at
alternatives and other options.
- Keep calm and act calm but show concern and caring. Be genuine in your actions!