September 5th through 11th is National Suicide Prevention Week. As many of you already know I lost two loved ones to suicide. It is a heartache that will never go away for those who are left behind.
There’s no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide. Yet it’s important to note that most people who actively manage their mental health conditions lead fulfilling lives.
Something to look out for when concerned that a person may be suicidal is a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors. This is of sharpest concern if the new or changed behavior is related to a painful event, loss, or change. Most people who take their lives exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do.
*If a person talks about: Being a burden to others; feeling trapped; experiencing unbearable pain; having no reason to live; or killing themselves.
*Specific things to look out for include: Increased use of alcohol or drugs; looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means; acting recklessly; withdrawing from activities; isolating from family and friends; sleeping too much or too little; visiting or calling people to say goodbye; giving away prized possessions; or aggression.
*People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods: Depression; loss of interest; rage; irritability; humiliation; or anxiety.
SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES
If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.
Sending you love, comfort and peace!