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Friday, September 12, 2014

Everyone can play a role in suicide prevention, Warning Signs of Suicide

as shared by U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services

Dept. of Health & Human Services
Suicide is a serious and preventable public health issue. The number of Americans who die by suicide is more than double the number who die by homicide. As individuals and communities, we can prevent suicide if everyone plays a role.  
As we observe National Suicide Prevention Week 2014, we join together around the power of prevention. We know that suicides are preventable, treatment is available and effective, and individuals can recover from mental health problems. 

There is hope.Learn more about the warning signs and what to do if you or someone you know needs help.

Suicidal Behavior

Suicide causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide. On average, 100 Americans die by suicide each day. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds and more than 8 million adults in the United States had serious thoughts of suicide within the past 12 months.

Warning Signs of Suicide

If someone you know is showing one or more of the following behaviors, he or she may be thinking about suicide. Don’t ignore these warning signs. Get help immediately.
  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • 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 feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

Get Help

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255). Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you think someone is in immediate danger, do not leave him or her alone—stay there and call 911.

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