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  1. Warning signs of suicide Warning Signs are the earliest observable clues that show that a person is at risk of suicide (within minutes, hours or days.)

  2. Observable and strong signs of a suicidal crisis needing immediate attention: • Someone threatening to hurt or kill themselves; • Someone looking for the means (gun, pills, rope, etc.) to kill themselves; and • Someone talking or writing about death, dying or suicide. Action: Call 000. Do not leave the person alone

  3. Warning signs of suicide where professional help is needed: Someone showing signs of : • Hopelessness; • Persistent crying; • Loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities; • Rage, anger, seeking revenge; • Acting reckless/engaging in risky activities; • Feeling trapped (like there is no way out); • Increasing alcohol or drug use; • Withdrawing from friends, family or society; • Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep/sleeping all the time; • Giving away possessions; • Dramatic changes in mood; or • No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life. Action: Seek help for someone by contacting your GP or VVCS and read the page “I am worried about myself”