What can the signs be?




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
  • Depressed
  • Being withdrawn from usual activities, friends or family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
  • Self-harm
  • 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)