Preventing Suicide

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In the United States, nearly 44,193 people commit suicide every year.  This means that on average, someone dies from suicide every 16.2 minutes.  Chances are that you or someone you know has been affected by suicide.  Suicide can be prevented.  It is important to be aware of the warning signs because, statistically speaking, you may be able to save a life, potentially even your own. 

Talk  

If a person talks about:

  • Feeling like they are a burden to others
  • Being in unbearable pain
  • Feeling trapped
  • Having no reason to live
  • Killing themselves

Mood

People who are contemplating suicide may display one or more of the following moods:

  • Depression
  • Loss of interest
  • Anger/Rage
  • Irritability
  • Embarrassment
  • Anxiety

Behavior

Behavior to watch for:

  • Sudden increased substance abuse
  • Aggression
  • Acting recklessly
  • Withdrawing and isolating
  • Increase or decrease in sleep
  • Giving away personal belongings
  • Telling people goodbye
  • Searching online for ways to kill themselves

 Health

  • Mental health conditions
    • Depression
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Schizophrenia
    • Borderline Personality Disorder
    • Antisocial Personality Disorder
    • Psychotic Disorder/psychotic symptoms
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Substance Abuse Disorder
    • Serious/Chronic medical condition

If you or someone you know is exhibiting the warning signs, talk to them or find someone you can trust to talk to.  Reaching out to someone can be difficult, especially when you’re feeling alone.  Seeking help from a professional can also be beneficial to help you or your loved one better understand the depressive thoughts and feeling that may be contributing to the suicidal thoughts and can help prevent suicide and improve your ability to cope.

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