Warning signs of suicide

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Warning signs of suicide

  1. 1. OPERATION Life OnlineWarning signs of suicideWarning Signs are the earliestobservable clues that show that aperson is at risk of suicide (withinminutes, hours or days.)
  2. 2. OPERATION Life OnlineObservable and strong signs of a suicidal crisisneeding immediate attention:• Someone threatening to hurt or kill themselves;• Someone looking for the means (gun, pills, rope,etc.) to kill themselves; and• Someone talking or writing about death, dying orsuicide.Action: Call 000 or VVCS 1800 011 046. Do notleave the person alone
  3. 3. OPERATION Life OnlineWarning signs of suicide where professional help isneeded:Someone showing signs of :• Hopelessness;• Persistent crying;• Loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities;• Rage, anger, seeking revenge;• Acting reckless/engaging in risky activities;• Feeling trapped (like there is no way out);• Increasing alcohol or drug use;• Withdrawing from friends, family or society;• Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep/sleeping all the time;• Giving away possessions;• Dramatic changes in mood; or• No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life.Action: Seek help for someone by contacting your GP or VVCS and read the page “I am worried aboutmyself”

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