Warning Signs

Knowing the signs of teens in crisis

Whether you are a teen or you work with youth, knowing the warning signs of suicide will keep you alert and able to recognize if a friend or family member is in crisis.

The Warning Signs of Suicide

People often don’t like to talk about suicide but talking about it is the only way to prevent it. If you notice these signs in someone and are worried, ask them directly if they’re thinking of suicide.

This list is not inclusive and there are other ways that suicidal thoughts could manifest. It is important to note any big changes. Sometimes, even a change in mood in a positive way could be a warning sign of something more serious.

  • Having a hard time concentrating or having trouble at school

  • Talking about death, wanting to die, or looking for ways to die

  • Having extreme mood swings

  • Feelings of “falling apart”

  • Acting impatiently or impulsively; behaving recklessly

  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs

  • Feeling like there is no reason to live

  • Feeling depressed, sad, or hopeless for more than two weeks

  • Isolating or withdrawing from people or usual social activities

  • Changes in sleeping or eating habits

  • Writing or art dealing with death, dying, or overwhelming problems

  • Giving away favorite things

If you are concerned about someone, ask them directly. If you need help, Teen Lifeline is here to listen and to help.

Call (in Maricopa County) 602-248-8336 (TEEN) or (Statewide in AZ only) 800-248-8336 (TEEN).