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Changes in sleep
They sleep more or can’t sleep and are restless.
They withdraw from friends and family, stop talking to and doing things with others or stop doing activities they once enjoyed. They feel isolated.
They act in ways that could be dangerous or detrimental and do not seem to care about the consequences.
They are drinking alcohol or using other drugs
Neglect of personal appearance
They have an unusual neglect of personal appearance, lack of personal hygiene, and stop caring about even basic grooming.
They show a significant personality change
They frequently complain about physical symptoms, often related to emotions, such as headaches, stomach aches, fatigue, etc.
Loss of interest
They lose interest in pleasurable activities they once enjoyed.
Giving away belongings
They give away favourite possessions or throw away important belongings.
Sudden mood changes
They become suddenly cheerful after a period of depression
Preoccupied with death
They persistently read, talk or think about death or suicide
They keep making statements of hopelessness
Changes in sleep
They sleep more or can’t sleep and are restless or have a disruption in sleep patterns
Increased substance use
They increase alcohol or drug use
Failure to take care of self
They neglect personal appearance, hygiene, don’t change clothes for extended periods of time, don’t eat or eat poorly
Neglecting doctor’s orders
They ignore medical advice
Looking for means to self-harm
They stockpile medications or show sudden interest in firearms
They withdraw or isolate from friends and family. They stop talking to and doing things with others or stop doing activities they once enjoyed.
They give away possessions, indicate they are saying farewell or end relationships
Getting affairs in order
They rush to complete or revise a will
They show persistent sadness, anxiety, fatigue