Warning Signs

• Hopelessness, helplessness

• Preoccupation with death or suicide

• Withdrawal from family, friends, sports, social activities

• Drastic changes in behavior

• Depression/Anxiety

• Giving away possessions

• Taking unnecessary risks

• Increased use of alcohol or drugs

• Lack of energy

• Unable to think clearly, can’t make decisions, can’t see a future without pain

• Loss of interest in work, school, hobbies, social activities

• Declining school performance/increased absences from school

• Changes in appetite, sleeping habits, personal appearance

• Sudden cheerfulness after a period of depression

• Recurring themes of death or self-destruction in writing assignments or art projects

• Peer pressure, bullying, internet bullying

• Financial worries

• Self-imposed worries and stress about succeeding in school, sports, work