“Suicidal thoughts or actions are a sign of extreme distress, not a harmless bid for attention, and should not be ignored."
National Institute of Mental Health
SUICIDE IS PREVENTABLE
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall among Americans. In the United States, with an average of 117 suicides per day, that’s over 40,000 people dying each year; many more worldwide. There is no single cause to suicide. It most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition.
Suicide is difficult to discuss.
If you are the one feeling suicidal, you may be suffering alone in silence for fear of judgment or think no one will understand you and you will be deemed “unstable” or “crazy”. It’s also difficult for the concerned friend or family member who knows someone that they believe may be suicidal. They might think they’re intruding and instead choose not to ask about what is troubling their friend or family member. This is not correct.
*Signs and Symptoms
The behaviors listed below may be signs that someone is thinking of suicide:
- - Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no reason to live
- - Talking about being a burden to others, feeling like they don’t belong
- - Talking about feeling trapped or feeling that there are no solutions
- - Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves
- - Depression, other mental disorders, or substance abuse disorder
- - Withdrawing from family and friends
- - Changing eating and/or sleeping habits
- - Acting anxious or agitated
- - Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- - Using alcohol or drugs more often
- - Taking great risks that could lead to death, such as driving extremely fast
- - Displaying extreme mood swings, suddenly changing from very sad to very calm or happy
- - 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
1) 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.2)
2) 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.
3) 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.
4) 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.
5) 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)
Suicide is preventable.
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. Help is available. You just need to reach out. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ - is also available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889.
EAS - We are here to help
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. If you are in crisis and need immediate help call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
EAS has two locations:
• RIVERSIDE: 3600 LIME ST., BLDG. 3, STE. 314, RIVERSIDE, CA 92501
• DESERT AREA: 41120 Washington St. Ste. 106, Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203
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