• James McNeil

What are the warning signs?

The book Finding Your Personal Mission was published with one goal in mind. To empower people to overcome the obstacles that lead to suicidal thoughts and ideations. This could be for yourself or for someone you love. But this raises a question. How do you know if someone you love is looking to a permanent end to a temporary problem?

Here are some signs that could be red flags.

1. Talking about suicide. A person considering it would likely bring up the topic in casual conversation, but “obviously” not for them. They would ask questions about your opinion on it, what causes it, and similar topics. If someone you know is suddenly talking more about suicide, this could be a sign.

2. Giving away prized possessions. If your friend gives you something that you know is a treasured item, you should take notice. What they’re likely doing is telling you that they won’t need it anymore. Also, they could be giving you something to remember them by when they take that next step.

3. Loss of interest in things they used to enjoy. One litmus test is to invite your friend to do something you know they enjoy. If they start bowing out and avoiding the invite, or if they just seem disconnected, this could be another red flag.

This is not an exhaustive list, but these signs could be something to look out for when talking to someone you think could be entertaining the idea of ending it all. If this list describes you, know this. The world is a better place because you are here. You bring something to the table that nobody else brings, and without you, we would all miss out.

With the many signs a suicidal person will exhibit, there is a part two coming. What signs of suicide needed to be added to the list? Let me know at or go to my blog at today.

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