Suicide Facts

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provide fact sheets and other information about suicide. Click on the links below to view these resources.

Warning Signs

  • Suicidal threats in the form of indirect (e.g. "I wish I could fall asleep and never wake up again") and direct statements (e.g. "I am going to kill myself")
  • Suicide notes and plans (including online postings)
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Making final arrangements (e.g. giving away prized possessions)
  • Changes in appearance, behavior, thoughts, and/or feelings
  • Drop in grades
  • Loss of interest
  • Reckless behavior
  • Substance abuse

Risk Factors

  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Withdrawal (isolation)
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (e.g. cutting)
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Mental illness including depression, conduct disorders and substance abuse
  • Family distress/dysfunction or violence
  • Family history of suicide
  • Environmental risks, including the presence of a firearm in the home
  • Suicide of a peer
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Situational crises (e.g. breakup of a relationship/friendship, family violence, physical or sexual abuse, serious disciplinary action)