Student Wellness Services

Office of Wellness Education


Signs of Suicide

Depressed Mood

Clinical depression is not something a person can set aside like other forms of depression. The depression interferes with the person's capacity to function in life - impairing work, school, and relationships.

Excessive Anxiety

Clinical anxiety is not something a person can work through like other forms of anxiety.  The anxiety inhibits the person's capacity to function in life - impairing work, school, and relationships by triggering the fight, flight, or freeze response.

Change in Sleep

The person may sleep more or less - usually feeling fatigued even after sleeping for an extended period of time.

Change in Appetite

The person may eat more or less and you may notice weight gain or weight loss.

Social Isolation

The person may withdraw from friends or family members and try to avoid social interaction.

Increased Risky Behavior

The person will take greater chances than usual such as with drugs and alcohol, speeding while driving, and sexual encounters - without regard for the potential consequences.

Giving Away Possessions

These possessions don't necessarily need to be of great monetary value. Often, the items have great sentimental value - things the person would not normally offer to others.

Previous Suicide Attempts

Even though a majority of people who attempt suicide do so only once, those who have attempted are 3-4 times more likely to attempt again when compared to those who have never attempted.