• Threatening to harm or end one’s life
  • Seeking or access to means: seeking pills, weapons, or other means
  • Evidence or expression of a suicide plan
  • Expressing (writing or talking) ideation about suicide, wish to die or death
  • Hopelessness
  • Rage, anger, seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless, engaging impulsively in risky behaviour
  • Expressing feelings of being trapped with no way out
  • Increasing or excessive substance use

Expresses no reason for living, no sense of purpose in life

Potential Risk Factors:

Very High Risk: 

seek immediate help from emergency or mental health professional. 

  • Unemployed or recent financial difficulties
  • Divorced, separated, widowed
  • Social Isolation
  • Withdrawing from family, friends, society
  • Anxiety, agitation, abnormal sleep (too much or too little)
  • Dramatic changes in mood

• Prior traumatic life events or abuse • Previous suicide behaviour
• Chronic mental illness
• Chronic, debilitating physical illness 

High Risk: 

seek help from mental health professional 

Low Risk: 

recommend counseling and monitor for development of warning signs. 

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