If you are here because you are thinking about committing suicide, please seek help immediately. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. 

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 

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Suicide

What You Don't Know

In order to recognize and prevent suicide attempts by a loved one, family member, or friend, the first step is to know how to identify risk factors and recognize warning signs. It is important to know that there is no single cause for suicide. Most often, suicide occurs when stressors exceed the coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. Suicide is often associated with depression, but it is often left undiagnosed or untreated. Although staying aware of these factors is vital, it is also important to note that most people with properly managed mental health conditions lead fulfilling lives.

Recognizing and responding to warning signs that indicate a friend, family member, or loved one may be considering suicide is vital to prevention. Warning signs can appear in a variety of ways, from the way someone is acting, to their mood, as well as what they talk about. One of the most important things to look for is an extreme change in behavior or the adoption of completely new behaviors. Most of all, it is important to take any threat of suicide seriously and respond immediately by getting them the help that they need.

Verbal Warning Signs

 

Discussing killing themselves

Talking about being a burden to others

Mentioning feeling trapped

Talking about experiencing unbearable pain

Behavioral Warning Signs

 

Increased use of drugs or alcohol

Searching online for materials or means to kill themselves

Acting recklessly

Withdrawing and isolating themselves

Sleeping too much or too little

Saying goodbyes

Giving away prized possessions

Aggression

Mood

 

Depression

Loss of interest

Rage

Irritability

Humiliation

Anxiety

Risk Factors

Recognizing and responding to warning signs that indicate a friend, family member, or loved one may be considering suicide is vital to prevention. Warning signs can appear in a variety of ways, from the way someone is acting, to their mood, as well as what they talk about. One of the most important things to look for is an extreme change in behavior or the adoption of completely new behaviors. Most of all, it is important to take any threat of suicide seriously and respond immediately by getting them the help that they need.

  • Health Factors -  Including mental health disorders, substance abuse disorders, and chronic pain. 
  • Environmental Factors - Such as stress factors, exposure to other cases of suicide, and access to lethal firearms or drugs.  
  • Historical Factors - Including previous suicide attempts, a family history of suicide, or a history of trauma and abuse.

 

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