According to the CDC, suicide rates have increased by 30% since 1999. Nearly 45,000 lives were lost in 2016 alone, and suicide is one of the leading causes of death among teens ages 15-19. It can be terrifying to hear that someone you love is contemplating suicide. It’s never something to ignore or dismiss. So how can we make a difference?

Today we’re going to talk about the warning signs and risk factors of suicide.

I’m Angela Howard, my passion is to break the stigma of mental illness among fellow Christians. I’m here to help you live a more purposeful life with God, and with one another. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you can get the first updates of new content.

Research has shown that more than 54% of people who have died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition. But there are many things that can put you at risk:

Risk Factors

  • Family history of suicide.
  • Gender (women are more at risk for attempting suicide, but men are 4 times more likely to die by suicide).
  • A trauma, a loss, or tragedy.
  • Substance abuse or even intoxication.
  • Access to firearms.
  • Mental illness and other factors.

Warning Signs

  • Threats or comments about killing themselves. This can be as direct as saying “I’m going to kill myself” and as indirect as saying “I wish I could disappear.”
  • Mood swings and aggressive behavior.
  • Drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Withdrawal from friends and family.
  • Reckless activities.
  • Giving away treasured belongings.
  • Saying goodbye to people.

Obviously I’m not covering every risk or warning sign today, but these are important things to keep in mind if you feel like someone you love is in danger. If you suspect that someone is at risk don’t hesitate to ask them directly. I’ve linked to an important article in the notes below that will help you use your influence to help prevent a suicide. You can make a difference!


“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22



What warning signs would you add to the list? Comment below, I’d love to hear for you!

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Resources for Treatment:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255

Connect to a counselor:

How to Help a Friend at Risk:

How Using Influence Can Prevent Suicide

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