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Suicidal Behavior:

  1. Impulsive suicide:  usually follows anger, disappointment or frustration.
  2. Severe depression:  the person could feel a sense of worthlessness, and may also experience a shift in views on reality.
  3. Very serious illness:  an escape for suffering for the person and family.  Whether the illness is real or imagined is unimportant.
  4. Communication suicide attempt:  occurs when a person has no real desire to die, but wants to change the behavior of others. Even if the person is trying to get attention, an attempt may be successful, so do not ignore it.

*All suicidal behaviors, thoughts, and statements must be taken seriously!

Warning Signs:

  1. Depression
  2. Isolation or withdrawal from family and/or friends
  3. Change in eating, sleeping, or social habits
  4. Loss of a significant relationship
  5. Loss of interest in the external world
  6. Giving away of possessions
  7. Making a will
  8. Reminiscing life
  9. Verbal signs:
    • “I’m so tired.  I don’t feel like I can take this any longer.”
    • “I don’t want to be a bother any more.”
    • “You won’t be able to treat me like this/take it out on me much longer.”
  10. Taking unnecessary risks.
  11. Preoccupation with death and dying.
  12. Losing interest in their personal appearance.
  13. History of substance abuse.
  14. Talking about committing suicide.
  15. Holidays and anniversaries can increase risk of suicide.
  16. Talking about boredom and inability to concentrate.

*Risk for suicide is at it’s highest when the depressed mood is lifted.

What to do:

The risk for suicide increases in a process:

  1. Thinking and talking about suicide.
  2. Developing a plan for suicide.
  3. aining the means to commit suicide.

Do not ignore the signs or take them lightly.

  1. Talk to your friend.  Ask about what is going on and how you can help.
  2. Try to get your friend to talk to someone who can help.  This can be a parent, teacher, counselor, sibling, etc.  Go with him or her and don’t leave the person alone.
  3. If your friend will not talk to anyone and you are worried that he or she is in danger, immediately tell someone who can help.
  4. Realize that if someone commits suicide, you are not responsible... no matter what.

If you are suicidal, or if you are thinking about killing yourself, please talk to someone.  Life can be difficult at times, but things always get better, no matter how bad things seem at the time.  Realize that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.


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