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Counseling Center

Division of Student Life and Enrollment

Warning Signs

Recognizing the warning signs that may indicate your student/friend is thinking about suicide is important because it increases the likelihood of early detection and intervention with your students/friends who are in crisis, and this in turn is associated with improved outcomes. The vast majority of suicidal people communicate their intention to kill themselves by showing warning signs. Although no one can predict with 100% accuracy who will attempt suicide and when, the following signals may indicate a risk of suicide. As a general rule, the more warning signs that are present in the student, the greater the risk of suicidal behavior. The warning signs are separated into different categories. Although this division is somewhat arbitrary, it provides the opportunity to consider these factors from different perspectives.

Visual/Audio Signals


Risk Factors
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