Suicide and it’s Signs

#suicideprevention #stopthestigma

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adults in the U.S. and the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-24 and unfortunately rising.

Do YOU know the warning signs or will you recognize them in your family member, co-worker, or friend? Threats or talks about killing themselves, suicidal ideation, can begin with seemingly harmless thoughts like “I wish I wasn’t here anymore” but can become more overt and dangerous and should be recognized as a psychiatric emergency. 

Seen any of the following:

Increased alcohol and/or drug use

More aggressive behavior

Seeming obsession w talking, writing or thinking about death

Exhibiting impulsive or reckless behavior

Socially withdrawn from friends, family and the community

Dramatic mood swings

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Is There Substance to Their Chatter?

Moreso, any person exhibiting these behaviors should get care immediately:

Putting their affairs in order and giving away their possessions

Saying goodbye to friends or family

Mood shifts from despair to calm

Planning, plotting, looking around to buy, borrow or steal the tools they need to ‘finish the job,’ such as a firearm or prescription meds.

Unsure? Call a licensed mental health professional to help assess risk. #nami

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