Being aware of the key suicide warning signs will help you notice when someone close to you is suffering in silence. Suicide warning signs include, but are not limited to;
● Talking about suicide, self-harm or thoughts of being worthless
● Self-destruction such as alcohol abuse, taking drugs or taking unnecessary risks
● Purchasing or researching methods to commit suicide such as buying guns, painkillers, rope or other objects that could be used to take their own life
● Being very interested in death
● Making plans and getting their affairs in order such as taking out a will, giving loved ones precious items, gifting large sums of money
● Becoming withdrawn from society, friends and family
● A sense of calm or even happiness about their current situation, after suffering from depression
Check On Friends, Family & Neighbors
Especially during the holiday season, and throughout the colder months of the year, be sure to check up on family, friends and neighbors. If you notice any of the red flags mentioned above, you need to be reactive in your approach.
Here are three organizations you can call if you need help:
The Lifeline: A 24/7 free and confidential support line for people in distress, prevention and crisis.
Department of Veterans: Another crisis line to reach caring, qualified responders regarding suicide.
Call 800-273-8255 and press option 1.
Crisis Text Line: If you prefer to text a trained professional about suicide, you also have the option of messaging the Crisis Text Line at any time of the day on 741741.
Having a plan in place will help you respond well in a crisis situation. If you notice red flags, you must act as fast as possible. Be aware of triggers such as anniversaries of the loss of a loved one, an upcoming stressful situation or a breakdown of a relationship. Have helplines and emergency contact information recorded in your phone, remove harmful substances and anything that could be used to commit suicide and make others aware of your concerns. The more people aware, more the eyes to spot signs of suicidal acts. Make sure to limit their opportunities to commit suicide by being close-by or always around.
Last but not least, you can carry a Life Saver Card from the Association of Suicide Prevention. Part of their Life Saver program, this card contains a crisis hotline that you can use should you be concerned about a loved one, colleague or even for your own safety.
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