Suicide Prevention


Warning signs of suicide include:

Observable signs of serious depression:
            Unrelenting low mood
            Inability to enjoy pleasurable activities
            Unexplained weight loss or gain
            Fatigue or loss of energy
            Expressions of worthlessness
            Difficulty concentrating
            Sleep problems


Recent impulsiveness and taking unnecessary risks
Threatening suicide or expressing a strong wish to die


Making a plan:
            Giving away prized possessions
            Sudden or impulsive purchase of a firearm
            Obtaining other means of killing oneself such as poisons or medications


Unexpected rage or anger
Increased alcohol and/or other drug use
An emotional crisis


            One person can help prevent suicide through early recognition and treatment of depression and other psychiatric illnesses.  Most depressed people are not suicidal; most suicidal people are depressed.


            Most suicides can be prevented.  While some suicides occur without any outward warning, most people who are suicidal do give warnings.  Prevent the suicide of loved ones by learning to recognize the signs of someone at risk, taking those signs seriously, and knowing how to respond to them.



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