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Suicide Warning Signs

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 Suicide Warning Signs
 
Molly Whelan, LSW
 Program Manager, The LINK

Suicide has historically been a taboo topic and is often shied away from. Rather than ignore or hide difficult things, secret things, or desperate things, we need to shine a light on them. We can no longer hide them in the shadows because bringing these topics into the light may help a suffering person to see the hands reaching out to help.

Suicide is often defined as a process where the person loses the capacity to cope with unbearable psychological, physical or spiritual pain. In their mind, the person believes that the problems are chronic or permanent, and will never go away.  Suicide comes into play when a person has unmanageable, endless pain and views death as the ultimate or only way to solve the problem. The person is left with tunnel vision, seeing only two options: death or living with unendurable, endless pain.  Suicide represents power, control and relief from the intolerable pain the person is experiencing.

WARNING SIGNS

Statements

  • “I can’t take it anymore."
  • “I guess I should just kill myself."
  • "Things would be better off without me."
  • "Why am I even alive?"

Actions:

  • Attempts at suicide
  • Getting affairs in order

Behaviors:   

  • Hopelessness
  • Helplessness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Overwhelmed
  • Inability to Cope
  • Increase in alcohol/drug consumption
  • Decrease in activities

Stressors:     

  • Recent loss, either unexpected or expected of a person, pet, job, home, school, or health
  • Relationship turmoil with significant other, family, friends, or caregivers
  • Change in responsibility, increased or decreased 

Remember:  We cannot help if we refuse to see, hear, or acknowledge.

 If you see signs of suicide in someone you know, ask kindly, listen compassionately, and if needed, act decisively. 

Call or come to the LINK (Wood County): 419.352.1545

Go to your nearest emergency room or call 9-1-1

Call the National suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255

 

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