What is suicide?
Suicide is the act of taking one's own life
90% of those who die by suicide had a mental illness
Contributing factors may include the death of a loved one, a failed relationship, a serious loss, terminal illness, abuse, or feelings of hopelessness
Firearms are the most commonly used method to commit suicide used by men and overdose is the most common method used by women
Women are more likely to attempt suicide than men, but men are more likely to complete a suicide attempt
Symptoms and warning signs:
Feeling hopeless, worthless, trapped
Being in unbearable pain
Sudden change in personality or behaviors, withdrawing or feeling isolated
Extreme mood swings
Change in eating and sleeping habits
Unusual neglect of personal appearance
Persistent boredom or difficulty concentrating
Feeling like a burden to others
Decline in the quality of work
Having no motivation or losing interest in activities once enjoyed
Acting anxious or agitated
Frequent complaints of physical symptoms (fatigue, headaches, or stomach aches)
Giving away possessions
Increasing use of alcohol and drugs
Talking about death or not being here tomorrow, wanting to die or threats of killing oneself
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
Violent actions, rebellious behavior, or running away
Looking for ways to kill oneself such as searching online for weapons
How do I talk with someone who is suicidal?
If you suspect someone you know is suicidal, tell that person that you are worried and want to help
Use the word "suicide". Don't be afraid that you will put the idea in their mind
Ask whether they are considering taking their life, and ask if they have a specific plan
Having a plan indicates that they have suicidal intentions and need help right away
Your direct, non-judgmental questions can encourage them to share their thoughts and feelings
" I am glad you talked to me"
"I do care"
Tell me what's happening in your life"
"How can I help?"
"Let's find someone who can help you get through this"
If you find that someone is contemplating suicide, it is essential to help them find professional care
Most suicidal people not want to die
They want the pain to stop
The impulse to end it all - though- no matter how overpowering - does not last forever