Suicide Prevention


Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.  The important thing to remember is htat help is available.  Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts should be immediately referred to a health care provider who can evaluate their condition and provide treatment.

Warning Signs

Sometimes, a crisis may involve thoughts of suicide...

  • Hopelessness, feeling like there's no way out
  • Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
  • Feeling like there is no reason to live
  • Rage or Anger
  • Engaging in risky activiites without thinking
  • Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Loss
  • Giving away posessions


The following signs require immediate attention:

  • Thinking about hurting or killing oneself
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself
  • Talking about death, dying, or suicide
  • Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc.

70% of people who are suicidal show warning signs


Ways to help someone who is threatening suicide:

  • Be direct.  Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.
  • Be willing to listen.  Allow expression of feelings.  Accept the feelings.
  • Be non-judgmental.  Don't debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or feelings are good or bad.
  • Don't lecture on the value of life.
  • Get involved.  Become available.  Show interest and support.
  • Don't dare him or her to do it.
  • Dont' act shocked.  This will make them more distant.
  • Don't be sworn to secrecy.  Seek support.
  • Offer hope that alternatives are available, but do not offers dlib reassurance.
  • Take action.  Remove means, such as guns or stckpiled pills.


If you are considering suicide, consider these important facts...

  • Suicidal thinking is usually associated with problems that can be treated.
  • If you are unable to think of solutions other than suicide, it is not that solutions don't exist, only that you are currently unable to see them.
  • Suicidal crises are almost always temporary.
  • Problems are seldom as great as they appear at first glance.
  • Reasons for living can help sustain a person in pain.



Behavioral Health

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