Risk Factors and Warning Signs
Risk Factors are specific events that might trigger or cause depression or suicidal thoughts. These include, but are not limited to:
- Trauma, such as a violent event or natural disaster.
- Loss, such as death or that of a relationship.
- Change, including divorce or moving.
- Stress, related to school or unemployment.
- Abuse of substances or physical / verbal abuse.
- Mental and Physical Illness/Injury, such as a medical condition or poor health.
- Genetics, including a family history of depression or suicide.
Warning Signs are things or behaviors you may notice in yourself or others that could be signs of depression or suicidal thoughts, which include:
- Prolonged sadness
- Loss of sleep or excessive sleep
- Loss of appetite or overeating
- Sense of hopelessness or worthlessness
- Alcohol and substance abuse
- Decline in performance of work, school, or other activities
- Reckless behavior
- Giving away favorite possessions
- Purchase of gun or pills
- Sudden happiness after prolonged depression
- Obsession with death and dying
- Withdrawal from friends or family
- Self-depreciating statements, such as…
- “You won’t have to worry about me anymore.”
- “I want to go to sleep and never wake up.”
- Threats of suicide
- Previous suicide attempts