Warning signs of suicidal behavior?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-16-2013
Warning signs of suicidal behavior?
Tue, 04-02-2013 - 12:22pm

I am very concerned about my husband here lately. He is under a tremendous amount of stress at work, he is having health issues and we've just put his father in a care facility to die. He's been very emotional and moody lately and is just not happy right now. I never thought I'd say this but I am very concerned about him. Are there warning signs I should be looking for? What can I do to help?

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-10-2007
Thu, 04-04-2013 - 2:03am

Welcome to our board!!  It sounds like your husband has a caring, loving wife.  I am sure there is a list of warning signs online, and I can find that for you.  But, off the top of my head, here are some warning signs:

-talking about dying (himself)

-giving away his personal possesions

-planning his death

-saying things like, "I don't want to be here anymore"  or "I can't take this anymore, maybe it would be better if I was gone...."

Does that help?  Has he spoke any of his own death recently?  If you feel he is considering suicide, please call 911.  They can help him quickly and such.

I will look for warning signs list for you.

You asked what can you do?  I think you can do exactly what you are already doing, being caring, and supportive.  Your asking for help, that is good.  If he want to talk, maybe just sit quietly and listen.  You don't have to say anything or have the answers.  Most people just want to be heard.  Does that make sense?

Please let me know if you have more questions I did not answer.  And, we are here 24/7, please keep us updated.

Sending good thoughts your way.