Suicide Prevention: Know the Warning Signs
December 16, 2019
While the warning signs of suicide can be subtle, they are still there. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Suicide is among the leading causes of death in the United States. It is a serious public health concern. That’s why lots of organizations are trying to raise suicide prevention awareness. This includes trying to learn more about what the warning signs for suicide are and how you can help someone that is showing these signs.
Recognize the signs of suicide:
If you start to notice that someone you know is showing certain signs of severe depression, then they could be at risk for suicide. Ask yourself these questions:
- Do they seem withdrawn and isolated?
- Have they talked about hurting themselves?
- Are they showing physical signs of extreme fatigue?
- Have they communicated to you a sense of hopelessness or feeling trapped?
- Have they lost interest in goals or looking toward the future?
- Are they displaying extreme mood swings?
- Do you have concerns about an alcohol or substance abuse issue?
If you notice any of these or other signs of depression, they could be at risk for suicide. Stop and talk with them. Show interest and empathy. Engaging and earning trust could be one step towards help. You should call 911 if someone is threatening to hurt or kill themselves or if they talk about wanting to die and you believe they are in immediate danger.
Don’t hesitate to seek help if you know someone is showing signs of suicide. Be prepared to listen without judgment. Take time to have open communication with them and try to understand how they are feeling. Remember that you are not alone, and be sure to take care of your own mental health as well.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a resource you can call at any time. The number is 1-800-273-8255. You can also Text SIGNS to 741741 for 24/7, for anonymous, free crisis counseling.