Suicide - What are some early signs of suicidal thoughts?

Gretchen Lawson: I'm so glad that you're watching this video, especially if you're feeling scared, you're feeling some feelings of depression, and you're worried that they might lead to self-harm. There are some signs that you can be looking for. If you are abusing alcohol or drugs, that can be a warning sign. If you're having problems at work, if you're having problems in a relationship, if you are having problems at school where you didn't have problems before, there are changes in your sleep habits or patterns, those can be warning signs. If you find yourself isolating from other people, that can also be a warning sign. If you're not doing the things that you used to enjoy, if you use to enjoy going out for a walk every day and you find yourself not doing that anymore, that can be a sign. It's really good, if you are worried and concerned, to talk to someone. There is hope that how you're feeling and what you're thinking right now will not feel this intense.

For more answers to your questions on suicide, watch these videos:

Suicide – How come some days are good but some are awful?

Suicide – How do I know if someone I love is suicidal?

Suicide – How do I stop my strong, suicidal urge?

Suicide – I don’t have anyone to talk to about this.

Suicide – I want to commit suicide

Suicide – Who do I talk to about my suicidal feelings?

Suicide – Why do I feel suicidal?

Are you feeling depressed? Need someone to talk to? TheHopeLine offers free confidential live chat with a HopeCoach to help you with what is going on in your life. We are here to listen and support you without judgment. 

If you or a friend need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, for free confidential, 24/7 help. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world. For additional help, please visit the suicide prevention resource page.

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