Aurora University

Identifying the Signs

Suicidal Behavior

Warning signs might include:

  • Talk of death and/or suicide
  • Unexpected rage or anger
  • Social withdrawal
  • Dramatic mood changes
  • A sudden sense of calm and happiness after being fairly depressed
  • Giving away personal possessions
  • Risky or self-destructive behaviors
  • Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness or worthlessness
  • Increased alcohol or other drug use

It is important to remember that asking a person if he or she are contemplating suicide DOES NOT give him or her the idea to do so. Your openness and concern may allow the person to feel less lonely or isolated and ultimately more hopeful. Talking about suicide is NOT to be ignored.

Threatening Behavior

Threatening behavior might include:

  • Physically violent behavior
  • Verbally threatening or overly aggressive behavior
  • Threatening or violent material in emails, letters, academic papers or social media posts
  • Harassing or stalking behaviors
  • Possession of a weapon, particularly a firearm

If you are concerned about someone being a danger to others, you must report it. This is in the best interest of the individual and the community.