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The Warning Signs of Suicide


Suicide is preventable – yet it’s the second leading cause of death for people between the ages of 10 and 34. On average, someone in Wisconsin dies by suicide every 9 hours.

Recognizing Warning Signs:

Watch for any combination of these potential warning signs to determine if someone you know needs support or mental health care. If you notice a change in behavior not on this list that has you concerned, then follow up on that concern.

  • Feelings of hopelessness or not wanting to burden others
  • Talking about death or killing themselves
  • Isolating themselves and withdrawing from friends and family
  • Getting things in order such as writing a will, saying good-byes, or giving away possessions
  • Increased risk-taking behaviors such as reckless driving or substance abuse
  • Researching suicide methods or purchasing a gun/pills
  • Extreme mood changes. This might include anxiety, depression, anger, or even sudden calmness/peace/happiness after depression could mean they have made their decision.
  • Recent, major life crisis such as a divorce, loss of job, death, or financial troubles
  • Sleep changes (more or less) and fatigue
  • Anger and wanting to seek revenge

Know you are taking the first steps in combating suicide by recognizing the warning signs and understanding how to support someone in crisis. If you, or a loved one, are contemplating suicide, there is always someone to talk to at Willow Creek Behavioral Health. Call our 24/7 phone line (888) 464-1498 or toll free at (866) 618-5542, to be connected with a mental health professional who can help determine the next steps – including setting up an in-person assessment the same day.

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