Suicide Threats: If
someone says . . .
I would be better off dead.
Nobody would miss me if I were dead.
My family/friends would be better off if I
were not here.
Previous suicide attempts
Four out of five completed suicides are
NOT the first attempt.
Physical mutilation is a sign of wanting to
hurt oneself . . . That can result in
Even if the attempt seems to be “only for
attention,” take it as a serious attempt.
Sudden changes in
A quiet person becomes very loud and
A loud person becomes very quiet and
A gentle person becomes aggressive and
An out-going person suddenly becomes
Changes in grades or class attendance.
Feeling the “blues” for long periods of
Feelings of being alone or of no one
Sleeplessness or wanting to sleep an
abnormal amount of time.
Eating disorders – eating too much or not
Giving away “prized” prized possessions:
Others – jewelry, personal items, etc.
Actually making funeral plans . . . Sending
notes to friends, asking them to “take care” of
something if they are not around anymore.
L – LISTEN
I – INSIST ON HONESTY
F – FEELINGS
E – ENTEND A HELPING HAND
SUICIDE IS FOREVER!
IT IS A PERMANENT
SOLUTION TO A
Pretend you are an
advice columnist for a
teen magazine. You have
received a letter from a
your response. Must be
AT LEAST ONE PAGE!