Learn the Signs to protect those around you regarding mental health and suicide. Learn the signs and help protect those you care about.
Concerned about a friend?
You might not be certain your friend is displaying worrisome signs regarding their mental health. Here are a few signs to look for as a guide:
- Impulsive behaviors or being more irritated than usual
- Not functioning like their usual selves (i.e., change in habits of how they dress, general appearance, eating or sleep habits)
- Talking about feelings of loneliness or despair
- Excessive worry
- Trouble concentrating
- Substance misuse
Notice the warning signs online
While you might hang out with your friends a lot, the reality is that you’re not always physically with them. While texting, group chats, and DMs can be common forms of keeping in touch, they can cloud any evidence of concerning body language or tone you would typically see hanging out in person. So how do you know if something is off?
Keep an eye out for these signs that could indicate your friend is struggling with their mental health:
- Posting captions, hashtags, or emojis that are overtly sad or negative- they go beyond sarcastic jokes.
- Liking posts or following accounts that promote negative behaviors– even if they aren’t sharing it to their feeds.
- Writing posts or comments that show impulsive behavior, irritability, hostility, or indicate insomnia.
Whether it’s on social media, in group chats, or during a hangout – if you suspect your friend is struggling, trust your gut.
Know there are resources out there to help with getting anyone help with mental health and suicide thoughts or actions. You can look at resources such as Seize the awkward, SAMHSA, Empower Tusc, On our Sleeve, and you can always reach out to 988 call or text. There is always someone who will listen.