Elder Suicide

Warning signs in elders include:

A list of common events or circumstances that may leave an older person at risk for suicide:

  • Recent loss of a spouse, loved one, or pet
  • Debilitating or life-threatening illness
  • Pain, especially if pain is severe, chronic, and/or inescapable
  • Loss of independence and/or mobility
  • Inability to live alone
  • Loss of employment or productive activities
  • Financial difficulties
  • Depression
  • Alcohol abuse and/or dependence
  • Loss of role or stature in family and community
  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Physical, social, and emotional isolation

The following are common warning signs that an elderly person may be contemplating suicide:

  • Statements about death and suicide
  • Reading material about death and suicide
  • Disruption of sleep patterns
  • Increased alcohol or prescription drug use
  • Failure to take care of self or follow medical orders
  • Stockpiling medications
  • Sudden interest in firearms
  • Social withdrawal or elaborate good-byes
  • Rush to complete or revise a will
  • Overt suicide threats

Contact Us

The Suicide Prevention Coalition of the Eagle Valley

Monday - Friday 8am-5pm
Phone: 970-748-4410
E-Mail: info@speakupreachout.org