Suicide does not have one single cause.
But when someone is thinking of ending their life, they may do one or more of these warning signs:
- Giving belongings away
- Being withdrawn from usual activities, friends or family
- Neglecting medical advice
- Getting affairs in order
- Reckless behaviour (they no longer care about the consequences of their actions)
- Saying ‘goodbye’
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Talking about being a burden or having no sense of purpose
- Increased substance misuse
- Talking about wanting to die
- Personality change
These behaviours can appear in their actions, conversations, text messages and in social media posts. If you see these warning signs, especially if they are new, or follow a loss, change or painful event – it’s OK to have a conversation and it’s time to ASK the question.
IMPORTANT: If someone's life is in danger - for example they have seriously harmed themselves or taken a drug overdose - call 999 for an ambulance or go straight to A&E (the closest to St Helens is Whiston Hospital)