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Adult Warning Signs and Risk Factors

Below are the consensus Suicide Warning Signs and Risk Factors for Adults and Older Adults. 



  1. Talking about suicide, wanting to die, kill oneself
  2. Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun
  3. Talking about feeling worthless, hopeless, or having no reason to live
  4. Talking about being a burden to others
  5. Suddenly happier and calmer, especially after a period of depression or sadness
  6. Giving away prized possessions
  7. Getting affairs in order, making arrangements
  8. Increasing alcohol or drug use
  9. Preoccupation with death
  10. Acting anxiously or agitated; behaving recklessly.
  11. Sleeping too little or too much.
  12. Withdrawal from or changing in social connections/situations
  13. Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  14. Displaying extreme mood swings.
  15. Anger or hostility that seems out of character or out of context
  16. Recent increased agitation or irritability



  1. Diagnosis of Depression
  2. Previous suicide attempt
  3. Family history of suicide
  4. Loss of job, home, money
  5. Death or terminal illness of a loved one
  6. Divorce or loss of major, significant relationship
  7. Loss of health, either real or imagined
  8. Someone close to the person has died by suicide
  9. Recent disappointment or rejection
  10. Being expelled from school/fired from job
  11. Sudden loss of freedom/fear of punishment
  12. Victim of assault or bullying
  13. Questioning gender