Suicide prevention

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

In a continued goal to provide the community with important tools, we will be printing and reprinting resources  that we feel important for the health of our community.

What to look for:
•    Current talk of suicide or making a plan
•    A previous attempt
•    Strong wish to die or preoccupation with death
•    Giving away prized possessions
•    Signs of depression; moodiness, hopelessness, withdrawal
•    Increased alcohol and/or drug use
•    Hinting at not being around in the future or wanting to say goodbye

Other risks:
•    Readily accessible firearms
•    Recent breakup with significant other or conflict with parents
•    Impulsiveness or taking unnecessary risks
•    Reports of death or suicide by others in the same community
•    Lack of connection to family or friends

What to do:
•    Show you care: Ask about their feelings, listen to what they say and tell them what they mean to you.
•    Ask the big question: Look them in the eye and directly ask, “Are you thinking of killing yourself?” No, it won’t put the idea in their head.
•    Seek help: Never keep suicidal talk a secret or try to handle it on your own. Seek professional resources (listed below). It’s better to risk a friendship than a life.

•    School Counselor | Teacher | Coach | Private Therapist Religious leader | Hospital ER | Mental Health Facility
•    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Suicide prevention telephone hotline funded by the U.S. government. Provides free, 24-hour assistance. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
•    National Hopeline Network – Toll-free telephone number offering 24-hour suicide crisis support. 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433). (National Hopeline Network)
•    The Trevor Project - Crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Includes a 24/7 hotline: 1-866-488-7386.

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