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Zero Suicide—Taking Action for Suicide Prevention

Posted at 4:55 PM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 18:55:48-04

Depression and suicide are difficult topics to discuss, especially if you or someone very close to you are experiencing problems with mental health. Although depression doesn’t always lead to suicide, it is crucial to watch for warning signs and take action if you do notice something.

Suicide Warning Signs

If you notice a change in a loved one’s behavior and mood, particularly if there has been a significant life change, loss, or painful event, it could be a sign of worsening depression.

Behavioral Changes:

  • Increase one’s use of alcohol or drugs
  • Looking for ways to harm themselves
  • Acting recklessly
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Isolating from friends and family
  • Aggression
  • Saying goodbye
  • Giving away possessions

Mood Changes:

  • Loss of interest
  • Rage/excess anger
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Humiliation

Verbal Warnings:

  • Having no purpose to live
  • Being a burden or drain on others
  • Feeling stuck
  • Unbearable pain
  • Killing themselves

How Can You Help?

  • Be direct: Ask your loved one if they’ve contemplated harming themselves or suicide
  • Listen: Listen to what they have to say and accept those feelings
  • Be non-judgmental: Focus on their feelings and be there for them
  • Get involved: Be available and show support
  • Check in: Keep in touch with them regularly
  • Take action: Make sure dangerous items are not readily available
  • Encouragement: Offer to help them seek professional support

For crisis or after hours, call the Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911.

To schedule an appointment, call 801-964-3111.