KUSA - Four out of five people who kill themselves have tried to warn others of their intent through verbal statements, written notes, demonstrating a preoccupation with death or other behavior indicating that they are planning to end their life according to Metro Crisis Services.
Evidence that someone is seriously planning to commit suicide represents a clear signal that help is needed.
Fortunately, there are some common warning signs which, when acted upon, can save lives.
A suicidal person may:
- Talk about suicide, death, and/or no reason to live
- Be preoccupied with death and dying
- Withdraw from friends and/or social activities
- Have a recent severe loss (especially relationship) or threat of significant loss
- Experience drastic changes in behavior
- Lose interest in hobbies, work, school, etc.
- Prepare for death by making out a will (unexpectedly) and final arrangements
- Give away prized possessions
- Have attempted suicide before
- Take unnecessary risks; be reckless and/or impulsive
- Lose interest in their personal appearance
- Increase their use of alcohol or drugs
- Express a sense of hopelessness
- Be faced with a situation of humiliation or failure
- Be faced with a disciplinary crisis
- Have a history of violence or hostility
- Have been unwilling to "connect" with potential helpers
Counselors urge us to be aware of feelings, thoughts and behaviors.
Nearly everyone at some time in his or her life thinks about suicide.
Most everyone decides to live because they come to realize that the crisis is temporary, but death is not. On the other hand, people in the midst of a crisis often perceive their dilemma as inescapable and feel an utter loss of control.
- Can't stop the pain
- Can't think clearly
- Can't make decisions
- Can't see any way out
- Can't sleep, eat or work
- Can't get out of the depression
- Can't make the sadness go away
- Can't see the possibility of change
- Can't see themselves as worthwhile
- Can't get someone's attention
- Can't seem to get control
If you have concerns about suicide, or questions, Metro Crisis Services is a 24 hour, seven days a week line staffed by mental health counselors specially trained in suicide prevention. Their helpline is 1-888-885-1222.
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