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


Youth Suicide Prevention: What You Can Do

Every parent would like to believe that suicide is not relevant to them or their family or friends. Unfortunately, it’s all too relevant for all of us. It’s the second leading cause of death for youth age 10-24. Even more disturbing are national surveys that tell us that 17% of high school students admit to thinking about suicide and almost 8% acknowledge actually making an attempt. The unfortunate truth is that suicide can happen to any kid in any family at any time. Learn what you can do »


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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