September Awareness: Suicide prevention

Suicide Prevention Awareness

Over 47,000 people living in the united states died by suicide in 2017. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US and in most cases, it can be prevented. Losing a loved one to suicide can be profoundly painful for family members and friends. Everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. The best way to prevent suicide is to know how to recognize the signs.

Suicide is preventable: Signs and Symptoms

  • Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

If you or your loved one are showing these signs get help as soon as possible, especially if these behaviors are new or have increased recently. Call the national Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 or text HELLO to 741741.

 

 

For more information or help visit your local Health Department.

Clark County Health Department

997 N. York St., Martinsville IL