About Suicide

About Suicide

Suicide is a major public health concern. Over 40,000 people die by suicide each year in the India; it is the 10th leading cause of death overall. Suicide is complicated and tragic but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives.

Signs and Symptoms

The behaviors listed below may be signs that someone is thinking about suicide.

Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves

Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no reason to live

Making a plan or looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online, stockpiling pills, or buying a gun

Talking about great guilt or shame

Talking about feeling trapped or feeling that there are no solutions

Feeling unbearable pain (emotional pain or physical pain)

Talking about being a burden to others

Using alcohol or drugs more often

Acting anxious or agitated

Withdrawing from family and friends

Changing eating and/or sleeping habits

Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge

Taking great risks that could lead to death, such as driving extremely fast

Talking or thinking about death often

Displaying extreme mood swings, suddenly changing from very sad to very calm or happy

Giving away important possessions

Saying goodbye to friends and family

Putting affairs in order, making a will

Risk Factors

Depression, other mental disorders, or substance abuse disorder

Certain medical conditions

Chronic pain

A prior suicide attempt

Family history of a mental disorder or substance abuse

Family history of suicide

Family violence, including physical or sexual abuse

Having guns or other firearms in the home

Having recently been released from prison or jail

Being exposed to others' suicidal behavior, such as that of family members, peers, or celebrities