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Signs and situations

Not everyone who is contemplating suicide lets their friends or family know how they are feeling. 

Signs to look out for include:

  • complaining of feeling hopeless
  • talking about feeling trapped
  • self-harming
  • misusing drugs or alcohol more than usual
  • withdrawing from friends and family
  • anxiety
  • trouble sleeping, or sleeping too much
  • sudden lift in mood after being depressed
  • losing interest in most things, including own appearance
  • a pattern of sudden rage
  • risky behaviour with little concern about the consequences
  • sorting out possessions or making a will

Some situations can increase the risk of suicide, these include:

  • drug and alcohol misuse
  • history of trauma or abuse
  • unemployment
  • social isolation
  • poverty
  • poor social conditions
  • imprisonment
  • violence
  • family breakdown

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