Open Arms Yellow Ribbon  Program

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Warning Signs

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 Often, what appears to be a singular, external pressure or occurrence is merely “the last straw” when added to ongoing stressors, depression and/or hopelessness.  Suicide is the result of a long-term “wearing-away”, an erosion of a person’s ability to cope.  The more warning signs shown and risk factors present, the higher the risk.
Warning Signs Acting differently than they normally do
Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun
Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
Talking about being a burden to others
Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
Sleeping too little or too much
Withdrawing or feeling isolated
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
Displaying extreme mood swings
Giving away possessions

Risk Factors Previous Suicide Attempt
Problems with school or the law
Breakup of a romance
Unexpected pregnancy
A stressful family life. (having parents who are depressed or are substance abusers, or a family history of suicide)
Loss of security…fear of authority, peers, group or gang members
Stress due to new situations; college or relocating to a new community
Failing in school or failing to pass an important test
A serious illness or injury to oneself
Seriously injuring another person or causing another person’s death (example: automobile accident)Major loss…of a loved one, a home, divorce in the family, a trauma, a relationship Suicide victims are not trying to end their life – they are trying to end the pain!