Suicide Prevention

June 8, 2018 

The face of depression isn’t always a sad one. We see pictures of smiling, happy family members just days before we lose them. People are dying from suicide at an alarming rate; it’s frequently in the news and in our social media feeds. It is so important that we talk about mental health and reach out to those who may be struggling. Reaching out can make all the difference.

 

 

Ways to Help

Talk openly about suicide

Accept that persons feeling when they open up

DO NOT be judgmental

DO NOT debate

Become available, show interest and support

Don’t allow them to swear you to secrecy, help them find support

Act – remove any means of suicide including weapons and pills

Practice active listening

Offer hope

 

Warning Signs

Talking about suicide

Talking about feelings of hopelessness

Talking about feeling trapped or experiencing unbearable pain

Talking about being a burden

Behaving recklessly

Sleeping too much or not enough

Isolating themselves

Extreme mood swings including rage

 

Suicide Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)