Warning signs may not always be the most obvious. Depression looks different for everyone. Some people who are depressed or feeling suicidal may have “high functioning depression.” In other words, some people look like “they have it all together” on the outside, however that may not always be the case.
for FEELINGS – that seem different from the past
for ACTIONS – that are different from the way they acted in the past
for CHANGES – in personality, behavior, sleeping patterns, eating habits; loss of interest in friends or activities or sudden improvement after a period of being down or withdrawn
for THREATS – that convey a sense of hopelessness, worthlessness, or preoccupation with death
for SITUATIONS – that can serve as “trigger points”
Individuals who are experiencing suicidal ideation may be feeling:
- like a burden to others
Special thanks to the Society for Prevention of Teen Suicide, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, The Trevor Project and Mental Heath First Aid.