Suicide should never be an option,
and its prevention is a team effort.

Did you know that:
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24?

One in 11 high school students made a suicide attempt in the past 12 months?
86% of school psychologists surveyed reported that they had counseled a student
      who had threatened or attempted suicide?

62% of school psychologists surveyed reported that they have had a student
      make a nonfatal suicide attempt at school?

Warning Signs
Suicide can be prevented.
While some suicides occur without any outward warning, most people who are suicidal do give warnings.

You can help prevent the suicide of a friend or a loved one by learning these three things:
1) Know the warning signs of someone at risk
2) Talk about it, let the person know you are concerned and
3) Respond and connect people to help.

1. Know the warning signs.

  • Observable signs of serious depression:
         Unrelenting low mood
         Pessimism
         Hopelessness
         Desperation
         Anxiety, psychic pain and
             inner tension

         Withdrawal
         Sleep problems
  • Recent impulsivness and taking unnecessary risks
  • Threatening suicide or expressing a strong wish to 
  • Increased alcohol and/or other drug use
  • Unexpected rage or anger
  • Making a plan:
    Giving away prized  possessions                                  Sudden or impulsive purchase of a firearm
    Obtaining other means of killing oneself such as poisons or medication

   

 2. Talk about it – be willing to listen.

  • Tell the person you are concerned
  • If he/she is depressed, ask whether he/she is considering suicide, or if he/she has a plan
  • Ask if they have a therapist and are taking mediactions
  • Do not try to argue someone out of suicide. Rather, let the person know you care and that he/she is not alone.
  • Do not leave the person alone. Avoid saying you have so much to live for or that they would only be hurting their family.

 

   

 3. Respond and connect people to help.

  • Encourage the person to seea physician or mental health professional immediately
  • Individuals who are contemplating suicide often don’t believe they can be helped, so you may have to do more
  • Help the person find a mental health professional or reputable treatment facility and take them to treatment.
  • In an acute crisis when a friend or loved one is threatening suicide remove any firearms, drugs or sharp objects that could be used for suicide.
  • Do not leave the person alone and take them to an emergency room or call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800273-TALK (8255)

  

   

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