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Information to Help Prevent Suicide

(From The Connect Program) Sometimes it can be difficult to tell warning signs from “normal” behavior especially in adolescents. Ask yourself, Is the behavior I am seeing very different for this particular person? Also, recognize that sometimes those who are depressed can appear angry, irritable, and/or hostile in addition to withdrawn and quiet.

Recognize the Warning Signs for Suicide:

  • Talking about or threatening to hurt or kill oneself.
  • Seeking firearms, drugs, or other lethal means for killing onseself.
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide.
  • Direct statements or less direct statements of suicidal intent. (Ex. I’m just going to end it all or Everything would be easier if I wasn’t around.)
  • Feeling hopeless.
  • Feeling rage or uncontrollable anger or seeking revenge.
  • Feeling trapped and like there’s no way out.
  • Dramatic mood changes.
  • Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life.
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities.
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use.
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society.
  • Feeling anxious or agitated.
  • Being unable to sleep, or sleeping all the time.

Things you can do to help:

  • Ask directly about their suicidal feelings. Talking about suicide is the first step to preventing suicide.
  • Let them know you care.
  • Stay with them until a parent or professional is involved.
  • Offer a message of hope. Let them know you will assist them in getting help.
  • Connect them with help. National Suicide Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255) (press “1” for veterans)

For a more complete list of warning signs as well as comprehensive lists of risk factors and protective factors, you can consult with the Connect website at http://www.theconnectprogram.org and click on Understanding Suicide.