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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. This month is dedicated to raising awareness of suicide prevention, informing the community of ways they can be involved, and helping those in need deal with suicidal thoughts and actions.

Preventing a suicide is not easy, it requires very careful and steady steps. But it is possible. If you or someone you care for is having suicidal thoughts, the following resources are here to help and provide support:

  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • National Suicide Prevention 24/7 Lifeline 1- 800-273-8255
  • Psychiatric hospital walk-in clinic
  • Hospital emergency room
  • Urgent care center/clinic
  • In an emergency call 911 immediately

Warning signs of suicide include:

When a person talks about:

  • Killing themselves
  • Feeling useless, being a burden to others, or having no reason to live
  • Feeling trapped, or feeling unbearable pain

Behavioral changes:

  • Acting recklessly
  • Feeling isolated, lonely
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Being aggressive
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye

 

If you or the person having suicidal thoughts also suffers from a mental illness you can contact a mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, or a mental health counselor.

For more information on mental illness resources contact:

  • The American Psychiatric Association www.psych.org apa@psych.org 1-888-357-7924 and press 0
  • American Psychological Association www.apa.org http://locator.apa.org/ 1-800-964-2000.

 

Source: https://www.afsp.org/preventing-suicide/find-help