Warning Signs

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.

  • 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 lasting for more than two weeks
  • Isolating or withdrawing from people or usual social activities
  • Changes in sleeping or eating habits
  • Giving away favorite things, writing or art dealing with death, dying, or overwhelming problems

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.

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).