Warning Signs of Suicide

These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if a behaviour is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss or change.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Withdrawn or feeling isolated.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

Additional Warning Signs of Suicide

  • Preoccupation with death.
  • Suddenly happier, calmer.
  • Loss of interest in things one cares about.
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye.
  • Making arrangements; setting one’s affairs in order.
  • Giving things away, such as prized possessions.

A suicidal person urgently needs to see a doctor or mental health professional.

In Japan you can call the police – 110 or Ambulance – 119.

Police (English): 03-3501-0110

You can also call the Lifeline between 9am – 11pm 03-5774-0992 for English support or Inochi no denwa Tokyo – 03-3262-4343. TELL Live Chat is available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights 10:30pm-2am – www.telljp.com/lifeline/tell-chat/


Common Myths Surrounding Suicide

People who talk about killing themselves don’t actually do it

People who attempt suicide tend to speak about the idea of killing themselves. Ignoring their words might enhance their suicidal behaviours.

People who think about killing themselves don’t ask for help

People who die by suicide usually talk about it first. Sometimes they speak with people they know, or they visit a GP or a psychologist.

Once people decide to kill themselves, nothing will stop them

People with suicidal behaviours can always be helped by friends, family members and doctors. According to suicide.org, many people who think about killing themselves, don’t want to die, but they see death as the only way to end their pain.

People who attempt suicide are crazy. ‘Normal people’ don’t do it

Suicidal thoughts are very common, even if people don’t always end up killing themselves. Anyone could attempt suicide.

Young people never think about suicide

Everybody can have suicidal behaviours. According to the WHO report, suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15 to 29-year-olds globally.

People who attempt suicide are weak

People who try to kill themselves are not weak, they are suffering. They might be experiencing strong negative feelings, such as depression, guilt, fear or anxiety, and may be suffering from a mental or physical illness.

There is little to no correlation between alcohol or drug abuse and suicide

According to suicide.org, people who die by suicide are often under the influence of alcohol or drugs.