Suicide Prevention Coalition

Risk Factors & Warning Signs

Keep hope alive. Suicide can be prevented. Each year in the United States, people of all ages complete suicide. Of these individuals, approximately 80% have given warning signs to their families, friends and neighbors.

Know the warning signs

  • Talking or writing about suicide
  • Giving away belongings
  • Withdrawing from loved ones and activities
  • Feeling hopeless, helpless, worthless
  • Seeking ways to suicide, such as guns or pills
  • Major eating or sleeping changes
  • Increasing use of alcohol or other drugs
  • Losing interest in things previously enjoyed


Who is at risk for suicide?

Individuals may be more likely at risk of suicide if they:

  • Have attempted suicide before
  • Have family or friends who have attempted or completed suicide
  • Experienced a recent breakup, loss or other major change
  • Have severe problems at work or school
  • Have an untreated mental illness such as depression or bipolar disorder
  • Have problems with alcohol or other drugs


There is no single cause of suicide

No one cause or event makes a person suicidal. Suicide is a result of multiple stressors that make an individual feel out of control, trapped or unable to change what is happening. Get emergency help immediately by calling:

Stark County Crisis Center Hotline 330-452-6000 or

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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