The Warning Signs of Suicide
The American Association of Suicidology has provided an easy-to-remember mnemonic to help identify the warning signs of suicide - "IS PATH WARM?" Knowing these warning sign can help you recognize when you or a loved one should seek a mental health professional.
I Ideation - statements or threats of harming oneself or talks about suicide
S Substance Abuse - increase use of alcohol or drugs
P Purposelessness - expression that there is no reason for living
A Anxiety - shows agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all of the time
T Trapped - feels like there is no way out
H Hopelessness - feels discouraged or without hope
W Withdrawal - disengages from friends, family and society
A Anger - displays rage and/or seeks revenge
R Recklessness - engages in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
M Mood Changes - dramatic changes in mood
If you or someone close to you displays these warning signs, contact a mental health professional for help. Visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org for resources and guidance or call 1-800-273-8255.