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
• 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.
RESOURCES FOR HELP
• 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.