Monthly Archives: March 2002

Summary

People who are thinking about suicide often show warning signs. These warning signs can be verbal or non-verbal, and some might be more difficult to detect from the outside. You also should consider underlying risk factors that can increase the … Continue reading

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Does Talking about Suicide Increase or Decrease Risk?

It is widely believed that if someone is talking about attempting suicide that, in fact, he or she will not really do it. This is false. Talking about ending one’s life or a desire to die is the first suicide … Continue reading

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How People Communicate Risk

Some direct verbal clues include statements such as: “I’ve decided to kill myself.” “I suppose I could just run the car off the road.” “If I don’t get that job, I’m going to kill myself.” “I don’t want to live … Continue reading

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Warning Signs: Things People Do

Warning signs are observable, although not necessarily observed, actions. They signal that someone might attempt suicide in the near future. People who are thinking about suicide often act in certain ways that researchers have determined indicate possible suicidal ideation or … Continue reading

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Triggering Events: Things That Happen to People

Triggering Events: Traumatic Life Events that Can Serve as a Tipping Point Triggering events can include: job loss relationships ending or other relationship problems family discord substantial financial loss or prolonged financial problems trauma such as physical or sexual assault … Continue reading

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Risk Factors: Things About People

Risk factors refer to anything about the individual that increases the likelihood that someone might engage in suicidal behaviors anytime in the future. Risk factors are not necessarily directly observable, but they often have related observable actions. Compare this to … Continue reading

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Suicide Risk: Risk Factors, Triggering Events, and Warning Signs

In order to prevent suicide, we have to have an idea of things to look for that might suggest someone is at some level of increased risk to attempt suicide. If we know what to look for, and what to … Continue reading

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