Suicide is 100% preventable and the first line of defense is you!
80% of people who attempt suicide have told at least one person. So if you’re concerned about a friend or family member, Know the Signs and ask.
One very big fear and common myth is talking about suicide will put the idea in a person’s head. FALSE. Talking about your concerns will lighten the load for the person, show you care and provide someone to help seek support.
If you’re needing to know more, below for an overview of what to look out for:
What are they saying?
- A burden to others
- Experiencing unbearable pain
- Feeling trapped
- Killing themselves
- Having no reason to live
How does their mood present?
- Loss of interest
What new behaviors are they engaging in?
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Isolating from friends or family
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Acting recklesslyWithdrawing from activities
- Giving away personal items
- Looking for a way to harm themselves
- Visiting or telling people goodbye
If you need more information, check out Suicide is Preventable.