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Changes in sleep

They sleep more or can’t sleep and are restless.


Withdrawal

They withdraw from friends and family, stop talking to and doing things with others or stop doing activities they once enjoyed. They feel isolated.

Reckless behaviour

They act in ways that could be dangerous or detrimental and do not seem to care about the consequences.

Substance abuse

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.

Personality change

They show a significant personality change

Physical pain

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

Hopelessness

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


Withdrawal

They withdraw or isolate from friends and family. They stop talking to and doing things with others or stop doing activities they once enjoyed. 

Saying goodbye  

They give away possessions, indicate they are saying farewell or end relationships

Getting affairs in order

They rush to complete or revise a will

Depression

They show persistent sadness, anxiety, fatigue