Warning signs That Someone May Be Considering Suicide

  • Talking or writing about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online
  • Talking about feeling hopeless, helpless, or trapped
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Engaging in risky behaviors including, drugs, alcohol, and promiscuity
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Giving away possessions

Read more about what to do to help if you're concerned about someone.

Signs That Someone May Be Having Trouble Coping

Deterioration in quality or quantity of workIncreased used in drugs, alcohol, smokingEmotional outbursts including anger, sadness or extreme happiness
Repeated absences or lateness from class or commitmentsFighting with family and friendsActing irritable or anxious
Decline in gradesWithdrawing from activities previously enjoyedExpressions of hopelessness and fear
Not completing or handing in assignments lateChanges in energy level - either an increase or decreaseChanges in mood
Falling asleep in classHaving unexplained aches and pains, such as headaches, stomachachesFeeling overwhelmed
Writing about death or dyingChanges in sleep, whether it is sleeping too little or too muchIsolating from family or friends
Disorganized performanceChange in personal hygiene or appearance
Changes in diet or weight - either loss or gain

Mental health is everyone's business. As members of the campus community, we have made a commitment to recognize and assist students who demonstrate behaviors that indicate they may be struggling. Know what these indicators are so you can direct a student to the appropriate resource.