We Can All Prevent Suicide

Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health is an important way to take part in suicide prevention, help others in crisis, and change the conversation around suicide. We Believe:

Hope Can Happen

Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives.

We Can All Take Action

Evidence shows that providing support services, talking about suicide, reducing access to means of self-harm, and following up with loved ones are just some of the actions we can all take to help others.

Crisis Centers are Critical

By offering immediate counseling to everyone that may need it, local crisis centers provide invaluable support at critical times and connect individuals to local services.

Know the Risk Factors

Risk factors are characteristics that make it more likely that someone will consider, attempt, or die by suicide. They can't cause or predict a suicide attempt, but they're important to be aware of.

        Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and      certain personality disorders

        Alcohol and other substance use disorders

        Hopelessness

        Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies

        History of trauma or abuse

        Major physical illnesses

        Previous suicide attempt(s)

        Family history of suicide

        Job or financial loss

        Loss of relationship(s)

        Easy access to lethal means

        Local clusters of suicide

        Lack of social support and sense of isolation

        Stigma associated with asking for help

        Lack of healthcare, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment

        Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution        of a      personal dilemma

        Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and             Internet)

Know the Warning Signs

Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these, seek help by calling the Lifeline.

        Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves

        Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun

        Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live

        Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain

        Talking about being a burden to others

        Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs

        Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly

        Sleeping too little or too much

        Withdrawing or isolating themselves

        Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge

        Extreme mood swings

Get in touch                                                                                

Call the Lifeline Anytime, 24/7

1-800-273-8255

 

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Source: By The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. October 23 2018; https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/how-we-can-all-prevent-suicide/

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