Even though completed suicides are statistically rare, Idaho continues to have some of the highest rates in the United States. Death by suicide is the second leading cause of death for Idahoans ages 15-34 and for males up to age 54. That is very concerning, but it’s also important to know that most people who make an attempt don’t want to die, they want the pain to go away. Providing care and hope to someone having suicidal thoughts can help save a life. There are things you can do to help.
What are some of the warning signs that someone might be thinking about suicide?
Warning signs include:
- Talking about wanting to die or completing suicide
- Looking for a way to kill themselves by searching online, stockpiling pills, or buying a gun
- Isolation and withdrawal
- Talking about feeling hopeless or trapped
- Feeling like a burden to others
- Having consistent nightmares
- Increasing use of drugs or alcohol
- Acting anxious or agitated
- Behaving recklessly
- Increased aggression, anger, or irritability
- Change in sleep habits – either too much sleep or too little
- Extreme mood swings