Help Dealing with Suicide or Thoughts of Suicide
Suicide is the act of killing yourself, most often as a result of depression or other mental illness. In the U.S., suicide accounts for about two percent of all deaths. Rates are highest for men over 69, but are increasing alarmingly in young people aged 15 to 24.
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology (http://www.apa.org/pubs/books/4600100.aspx)
Be concerned when:
- Talks about committing suicide
- Has trouble eating or sleeping
- Experiences drastic changes in behavior
- Withdraws from friends and/or social activities
- Loses interest in hobbies, work, school, etc.
- Prepares for death by making out a will and final arrangements
- Gives away prized possessions
- Has attempted suicide before
- Takes unnecessary risks
- Has had recent severe losses
- Is preoccupied with death and dying
- Loses interest in his or her personal appearance
- Increases his or her use of alcohol or drugs
- Source: American Association of Suicidology.
If you’re Feeling suicidal please give PFC a call and let us help you. This is not something to be taken lightly. Often suicide is no longer an option for a person once they “get over the hump”. Let us help make things much better.
Warning signs of potential self-violence include:
- Previous suicide attempts
- Significant alcohol or drug use
- Threatening or communicating thoughts of suicide, death, dying or the afterlife
- Sudden increase in moodiness, withdrawal, or isolation
- Major change in eating or sleeping habits
- Feelings of hopelessness, guilt or worthlessness
- Poor control over behavior
- Impulsive, aggressive behavior
- Drop in quality of school performance or interest
- Lack of interest in usual activity
- Getting into trouble with authority figures
- Giving away important possessions
- Hinting at not being around in the future or saying good-bye
These warning signs are especially noteworthy in the context of:
- A recent death or suicide of a friend or family member
- A recent break-up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, or conflict with parents
- News reports of other suicides by young people in the same school or community
Often, suicidal thinking comes from a wish to end deep psychological pain. Death seems like the only way out. But it isn’t. If a friend mentions suicide, take it seriously. Listen carefully, then seek help immediately. Never keep their talk of suicide a secret, even if they ask you to.
Remember, you risk losing that person. Forever. When you recognize the warning signs for suicidal behavior, do something about it. Tell a trusted adult what you have seen or heard. Get help from a licensed mental health professional as soon as possible. They can help work out the problems that seem so unsolvable but, in fact, are not.