- Depression and hopelessness.
- Lack of energy and zest for life.
- Withdrawal from family, friends, and social activities.
- Drop in grades or a poor student's new concern about grades, or trouble concentration.
- Extreme sensitivity to what others say and do.
- Increased risk-taking and other aggressive activity.
- Personality changes such as apathy or moodiness.
- A sudden upbeat mood, which can signal that the decision to attempt suicide has been made.
- Neglect of or dramatic chance in appearance.
- Rebellious behavior or running away.
- Irrational or bizarre behavior.
- Drug or alcohol use.
- Violent actions.
What to do:
- Make clear you understand their pain, but emphasize suicide is not the answer.
- Ask if they have a specific pain; don't leave the person alone if you feel and immediate problem.
- Do not agree to keep this meeting a secret.
- Get them help asap!