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

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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 activities without thinking

  • Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Loss
  • Giving away possessions

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
  • Don’t 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 offer glib reassurance

  • Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled 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.

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