most suicides happen without warning

MOST SUICIDES HAPPEN SUDDENLY UNEXPECTEDLY OR WITHOUT WARNING

Most people who are suicidal express signs of intent, however, they may only show warning signs to those closest to them. These loved ones may not recognise what’s going on, which is how it may seem like the suicide was sudden or without warning.

Some warning signs are direct, such as talking about hurting themselves or taking their own life. Others are indirect such as speaking abstractly about death, withdrawing from friends or family, or misusing alcohol and drugs.

People who are thinking about dying usually try to seek help. In fact, many people who attempt suicide visit a doctor in the months and weeks prior.

Further information on how to talk about suicide can be found at these websites.

Beyond Blue – Warning Signs