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 Among adults, 18 to 24
year-olds attempt suicide more often than any other age group.

Know the warning signs

 The most effective way to prevent suicide is to know the warning signs, take those signs seriously, and respond appropriately. People who are suicidal can be helped with the proper treatment. Common warning signs of suicide include:

  • Hopelessness
  • Rage, uncontrolled anger, or seeking reveng
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
  • Feeling trapped — like there’s no way out
  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family and society
  • Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
  • Dramatic mood changes
  • Expressing no reason for living or no sense of purpose in life
  • Threatening or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide when it is out of the ordinary

Created: December 14, 2009 @ 10:43 AM
Last Modified: December 14, 2009 @ 04:04 PM


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