10 Signs a Veteran May Be in Crisis – Suicide Prevention

Even as a civilian, you can still be of help preventing suicide by learning the signs a loved one or friend may be in crisis or at risk of taking their life.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline advises that many Veterans may not show any signs of intent to harm themselves before doing so, but you can be alert to signs that the Veteran may need help. Be aware of signs of depression, anxiety and hopelessness as well as dramatic changes in behavior.

Signs of a Veteran in Crisis

  • Deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating—that doesn’t go away or continues to get worse
  • Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep
  • Neglecting personal welfare, deteriorating physical appearance
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society, or sleeping all the time
  • Losing interest in hobbies, work, school, or things one used to care about
  • Frequent and dramatic mood changes
  • Expressing feelings of excessive guilt or shame
  • Feelings of failure or decreased performance
  • Feeling that life is not worth living, having no sense of purpose
  • Talk about feeling trapped—like there is no way out of a situation

Watch for Behavior Changes

  • Performing poorly at work or school
  • Acting recklessly or engaging in risky activities
  • Showing violent behavior such as punching holes in walls
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Putting affairs in order like making out a will
  • Seeking access to firearms, pills, or other means of harming oneself

One Response

  1. As these are the signs we may not argument we have not the possibility to aid veterans. We have not only the possibility but a obbligation toward those have served us, who have done us the possibility of a normal life, freedom, liberty. Have not we also a moral duty towards them? Yes, we have and we will do claudio alpaca

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