Recognizing Suicide Warning Signs

In any given year, roughly 600 Coloradans can be expected to die by suicide. This makes suicide the 9th leading cause of death in our state. There is typically no single cause, but there are signs you can look out for that shouldn’t be ignored.

Suicide is preventable. It’s important to know what to do.

Warning signs:

  • Adults
    • Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability)
    • Any unusual changes in behavior – acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
    • Emotional distance – social withdrawal, isolation from family and friends
    • Giving away personal items and wrapping up loose ends
    • Saying goodbye to friends and family
    • Changes in sleeping patterns
    • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
    • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
    • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or obtaining a firearm
  • Children
    • Changes in school performance
    • Defiance of authority truancy, theft, and/or vandalism
    • Persistent disobedience and/or aggression
    • Frequent temper tantrums or outbursts of anger
    • Changes in sleeping and/or eating habits
    • Excessive worry, fear, or anxiety (i.e. refusing to go to bed or school)
    • Hyperactivity
    • Persistent nightmares


Colorado Suicide Prevention Line

Suicide Prevention Line

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  • Every experience is different, the Suicide Prevention Line provides a variety of resources and stories that cater to a variety of situations.

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