Warning Signs of Suicide

The warning signs of suicide can sometimes go undetected. IS PATH WARM? Is a way to help remember the signs of threat.


I                Ideation: Threatening or talking about wanting to hurt/kill him/herself; looking for ways to kill him/herself; talking or     writing about death, dying or suicide, when these actions are out of the ordinary

S               Substance Abuse: Increase in alcohol or drug use

P               Purposelessness: No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life

A               Anxiety: agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time

T                Trapped: Feeling there is no way out; can’t see possibility of change

H               Hopelessness: doesn’t feel there is a solution; don’t see themselves as worthwhile

W             Withdrawal: from friends, family and society

A               Anger: rage, seeking revenge, irritation, frustration

R               Recklessness: Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking

M             Mood changes: Dramatic mood swings, restlessness, hand-wringing, pacing, inability to meet deadlines, some experience physical pain


If you or someone you know is threatening suicide, please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255).