Even though there isn’t really any typical pattern of behavior for someone who is suicidal, there are common warning signs.
If you or someone you care about has one or more of these, though, you need to be especially aware of and on the watch for warning signs.
Unusual changes in behavior: Someone you know who is usually kind may become angry and aggressive.
Severe sadness or moodiness. Long-lasting sadness, mood swings, and unexpected rage.
Changes in sleeping patterns. Someone who is feeling suicidal may sleep more than normal, struggling to get out of bed at all. They may sleep less, experiencing insomnia.
Making preparations: Someone may start stockpiling pills without anyone noticing. They are easy to hide. Some people will write a note before taking their own life. Some will buy other means like poison. Be aware
Emotional distance. Someone who is feeling suicidal may become detached from life in general, from other people, and from typical activities. They may seem emotionally distant from people, whether or not they have isolated themselves socially.
Threatening or talking about suicide. From 50% to 75% of those considering suicide will give someone -- a friend or relative -- a warning sign.
If anyone around you shows any of these signs, please seek immediate help from family and professoinals. It is better to be safe than sorry!