They might be subtle, but there does tend to be a number of signs that may demonstrate you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts.

These can include verbal and non-verbal indicators.

According to Beyond Blue, some non-verbal cues could include:

  • social withdrawal

  • a persistent drop in mood

  • disinterest in maintaining personal hygiene or appearance

  • uncharacteristically reckless behaviour

  • poor diet changes, rapid weight changes

  • being distracted

  • anger

  • insomnia

  • alcohol or drug abuse

  • giving away sentimental or expensive possessions

As for indirect, verbal cues, they may include:

  • hopelessness

  • failing to see a future

  • believing they are a burden to others

  • saying they feel worthless or alone

  • talking about their death or wanting to die.

It's important to remember that while these points are helpful, they're not always going to apply. Always be guided by your instincts. If you feel as though you or someone close to you is struggling with suicidal thoughts, talk to someone.

You can start by sharing your feelings with someone you trust, or encourage someone else you're worried about to do the same. Otherwise seek help from a professional.

There are also support resources available 24/7:


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Article originally published by: Beyond Blue

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All content is created and published for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. Always seek the guidance of a qualified health professional.



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