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Signs & Symptoms

Be Aware of the Warning Signs

There is no typical suicide victim. It happens to young and old, rich and poor. Fortunately there are some common warning signs which, when acted upon, can save lives. Here are some signs to look for:

A suicidal person might be suicidal if he or she:

What To Do

Here are some ways to be helpful to someone who is threatening suicide:

Be Aware of Feelings

Many people at some time in their lives think about committing suicide. Most decide to live, because they eventually come to realize that the crisis is temporary and death is permanent. On other hand, people having a crisis sometimes perceive their dilemma as inescapable and feel an utter loss of control. These are some of the feelings and things they experience:

If you experience these feelings, get help! If someone you know exhibits these symptoms, offer help!


The purpose of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is to understand and prevent suicide. AAS promotes research, public awareness programs, and education and training for professionals, survivors, and interested laypersons. AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide. It has many resources and publications which are available to the general public and to its members. For membership, publications and resource information, contact:

American Association Of Suicidology
4201 Connecticut, Ave., NW. Suite 408
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 237-2280