Warning Signs of Suicide

Suicide is a major health problem in India. According to the World Health Organization India has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Research conducted in India showed that death from self harm by young women rose 126% between 1990 and 2010, and that suicide was the most common cause of death among Indian women between the ages of 15 and 49 years.

Individuals resort to suicide to escape unbearable suffering. Early recognition and intervention can prevent suicide and save lives. With modern medicine and treatment, many of the causes for suicide can be treated. Education on the warning signs and risk factors of suicide can help identify someone at risk and help prevent suicide.

General warning signs:

  • Frequently talking about death
  • Loss of Interest, withdrawing, or sense of isolation
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Trouble eating and/or sleeping
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Mood swings
  • Sleeplessness or sleeping too much
  • Talking about revenge and showing rage
  • Recklessness, agitation or anxiety
  • A sudden sense of calmness

These are some of the common warning signs of someone who may be depressed. The more signs that are present, the greater the risk.

Risk factors for suicide include:

  • Family history of mental disorder, depression, substance abuse or any combination of these factors
  • Prior suicide attempts
  • Family history of suicide
  • Domestic violence, including physical or sexual abuse
  • Exposure to others with suicidal behavior


What to do if you or someone you know exhibits any of the above:

  • Take it seriously
  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Listen without judgment
  • Do not promise confidentiality
  • Encourage professional help
  • Seek professional help

For immediate assistance, call the suicide hotline :
Mumbai : http://www.aasra.info/; Call – 22-27546669
Vandrewala Foundation: 1860-266-2345 / 022-2570600
Chennai : http://www.snehaindia.org/contact.php; Call – 44-2464 0050

Other Counseling Helplines:

1. ICALL – A TISS initiative for phone counseling across the nation
ICALL- 022-25563291; Email- icall@tiss.edu

2. Hitguj- BMC 24/7 helpline.
Call- 022-24131212