Suicide Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time to come together with collective passion and strength around a difficult topic. We can all benefit from honest conversations about mental health conditions and suicide, because just one conversation can change a life.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it is often preventable. *According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the suicide rate has significantly increased in the United States since 1999, nearly 45,000 lives lost to suicide in 2016 alone. Too often left behind are friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. There is no single cause to suicide, it is linked to mental health conditions and stressful life experiences such as: relationship problems, financial issues/job loss, substance use problems, and health issues. It is important to note that suicide is not a normal response to stress. Suicidal thoughts or actions are a sign of extreme distress, not a harmless bid for attention, and should not be ignored. Knowing the warning signs and how to get help can help save lives.
These are the most common signs that someone is in emotional distress:
- Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Looking for a way to access lethal means (e.g., a firearm or pills)
- Taking great risks that could lead to death, such as driving extremely fast
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Talking or posting about wanting to die
- Giving away important possessions
- Saying goodbye to friends and family
- Putting affairs in order, making a will
*5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain
- Ask: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.
- Keep them safe: Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the at-risk person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means can make a difference.
- Be there: Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may in fact reduce rather than increase suicidal thoughts.
- Help them connect: Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number in your phone so it’s there when you need it: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional.
- Stay Connected: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person.
*(source: National Institute of Mental Health)
We Need to Talk About Suicide.
It’s important to remember that even if suicide is difficult to talk about, it is necessary. Talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life. Often it is a friend or family member that recognize the signs, but even for them it can be difficult to broach the topic. Help is available. You just need to reach out. If you or someone you know need immediate help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). They have trained counselors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to speak with you or your loved one. The Lifeline is also available for the deaf and hard of hearing - Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889. For support via text through Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741741 for free, 24/7 crisis support in the U.S.
EAS - Here to help you.
You are not alone. It takes a lot of courage to open up and talk about your suicidal feelings or talk to someone you think is feeling suicidal. If you are experiencing difficulty or just need some support, please contact EAS at 1(888)829-8999 to set up a confidential appointment. We are here to help you. If you are in crisis and need immediate help call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
EAS has two locations to serve you:
3600 Lime St., Bldg. 3, Ste. 314
Riverside, CA 92501
Office Phone: (951)778-3970
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Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
Office Phone: (760)328-6863
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