Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, in the latest edition of our Mental Health Checkup segment with 570 News Mike Farwell our Executive Director Helen Fishburn and Cecilia Marie Roberts, Suicide Prevention Lead talk about how suicide is about pain, how to see the signs of suicide, start a conversation and connect to support.
What are the warning signs of suicide?
- Talking about wanting to die or suicide
- Looking for a way to kill themselves like searching online or buying a weapon or drugs
- Feeling hopeless, desperate, trapped
- Giving away possessions
- Putting affairs in order
- Reckless behavior
- Uncontrolled anger
- Increased drug and alcohol use
- Withdrawal from friends, family, activities
- Anxiety or agitation
- Changes in sleep
- Sudden mood changes
- No sense of purpose
How to start a conversation about suicide?
It takes courage to ask the question “Are you thinking about suicide?” It is also the greatest gift you can give to someone.
- Start by telling them why you are concerned, share what warning signs you have noticed.
- Ask: “Are you thinking of ending your life?”
- Listen with compassion for all the hidden sources of pain. This sets the stage for moving forward
Connect to support:
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