Well, it’s September which means that it is Suicide Prevention Month. This is a hard topic to talk about at any time but it is also hard to talk about this month when so much of our attention is on national news like Hurricane Harvey and Irma or the young adults and children affected by DACA. But Suicide is an issue that has a way of creeping into all issues and all demographics. Suicidal thoughts creep in when we are feeling hopeless, overwhelmed, and desperate. In a year where our society is rocked weekly with news of a new crisis or anxiety producing event, it is important to pay attention to ourselves and those around us. Especially because those who have suffered a recent tragedy or loss, are under prolonged stress, and are sleep deprived are at greater risk.
Here are a list of common warning signs.
- Threats or comments about killing themselves, also known as suicidal ideation, can begin with seemingly harmless thoughts like “I wish I wasn’t here” but can become more overt and dangerous
- Increased alcohol and drug use
- Aggressive behavior
- Social withdrawal from friends, family and the community
- Dramatic mood swings
- Talking, writing or thinking about death
- Impulsive or reckless behavior
If you or someone you know is showing even one of these signs, please reach out for help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) is a great resource and please call 911 immediately if this is an emergency. Another great resource is the Crisis Text Line. All you have to do is text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the US, anytime, about any type of crisis. A Crisis Counselor responds quickly and helps support you.