Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a sad topic, but needs to be discussed. I am sure you know just as many people as I do who have committed suicide. Suicide is the act of causing one’s own death. Suicide is caused from mental disorders such as, but not limited to: depression, drug abuse, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc. painful events, change, or from stress. Over half of all suicides occur in adult men; ages 25-65, and nearly 30,000 Americans commit suicide each year. Suicide is the 11th most common cause of death in the United States, but the 3rd leading cause of death for ages 15-24, so it is important to know what to look for to prevent suicide.

Signs of Suicidal Individuals

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
  • 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.
  • Withdrawn or feeling isolated.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

If you or someone you know shows suicidal symptoms please visit Save, Stop a SuicideSOS , or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) at 1-800-273-8255/TALK. The NSPL is completely confidential

Suicide is an increasing each year. More and more individuals feel hopeless and end their lives. Children are especially increasing in suicidal activity. Bullying plays a huge part in children suicides. Please visit next week when I talk about how you can help end bullying.

To help advocate for suicide prevention you can order books, print brochures, or educate yourself/others further by going to the Save website, by visiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website, or by visiting the NSPL website.   

If you have lost someone to suicide there are many ways for you to cope with the difficult loss. You can visit here to see some of the many ways you can get help or you can join a support group now.

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