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 Warning Signs 

 

SPOTLIGHT

Know the Warning Signs

Early Warning Signs

• Withdrawal from friends and family

• Preoccupation with death

• Marked personality change and serious mood changes

• Difficulty concentrating

• Difficulties in school (decline in quality of work)

• Change in eating and sleeping habits

• Loss of interest in pleasurable activities

• Frequent complaints about physical symptoms, often related to emotions, such as stomachaches, headaches, fatigue, etc.

• Persistent boredom

• Loss of interest in things one cares about

 

Late Warning Signs

• Actually talking about suicide or a plan

• Exhibiting impulsivity such as violent actions, rebellious behavior, or running away

• Refusing help, feeling “beyond help”

• Complaining of being a bad person or feeling “rotten inside”

• Making statements about hopelessness, helplessness, or worthlessness.

• Not tolerating praise or rewards

• Giving verbal hints with statements such as: “I won’t be a problem for you much longer,” “Nothing matters,” “It’s no use,” and “I won’t see you again”

• Becoming suddenly cheerful after a period of depression-this may mean that the student has already made the decision to escape all problems by ending his/her life

• Giving away favorite possessions

• Making a last will and testament

• Saying other things like: “I’m going to kill myself,” “I wish I were dead,” “or “I shouldn’t have been born.”