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IS PATH WARM? is an acronym utilized as a mnemonic device. It was created by the American Association of Suicidology to help assess the risk of suicide.[1][2]

I Ideation Threatening to hurt or kill self, looking for ways to die
S Substance Abuse Increased or excessive substance (alcohol or drug) use
P Purposelessness No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life
A Anxiety Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
T Trapped Feeling trapped - like there's no way out; resistance to help
H Hopelessness Hopelessness about the future
W Withdrawal Withdrawing from friends, family and society
A Anger Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge
R Recklessness Acting recklessly or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
M Mood Changes Dramatic mood changes

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  1. ^ "Know the Warning Signs". American Association of Suicidology. Archived from the original on 2011-12-06. 
  2. ^ Juhnke, G. A., Granello, P. F., & Lebrón-Striker, M.A. (2007). IS PATH WARM? A suicide assessment mnemonic for counselors (ACAPCD-03). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.