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SUICIDE

Suicide is complicated.
By definition, suicide is the act of taking one’s own life voluntarily and intentionally.

 

WHAT IS SUICIDE?

SUICIDE AND SUICIDAL BEHAVIOR

SUICIDE PREVENTION

SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES BY STATE

MORE ON SUICIDE EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS

SUICIDE EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS

Learn about Suicide and How to Prevent it with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Or Suicide Prevention education in schools with NASP.

 

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

  • Feelings of hopelessness and extreme depression

  • Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves

  • Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no reason to live

  • Making a plan or looking for a way to commit suicide, such as searching for lethal methods online, stockpiling pills, or buying a gun

  • Talking about great guilt or shame

  • Talking about feeling trapped or feeling as if there are no solutions

  • Feeling unbearable pain (emotional or physical)

  • Talking about being a burden to others

  • Using alcohol or drugs more often

  • Acting anxious or agitated

  • Withdrawal from family and friends

  • Changing eating and/or sleeping habits

  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge

  • Taking great risks that could lead to death, such as driving dangerously

  • Talking or thinking about death often

  • Displaying extreme mood swings, such as suddenly changing from very sad to very calm or happy

  • Giving away important possessions

  • Saying goodbye to friends and family

  • Putting affairs in order and/or making a will

  • Being extremely happy, elated to die

  • Overly exhausted, or overly energized

  • Never going out or going out very often

  • Withdrawing from life and acting “off”

  • Stops talking about how they feel

 

RISK FACTORS

  • Mental illness or other psychological disorders such as neurodiversity or substance abuse

  • Medical conditions such as terminal illnesses or chronic pain

  • Personal story or family history of suicide 

  • Violence or harrassent such as family violence, sexual violence, etc.

  • Having guns or firearms in the home

  • Institutionalization in jails, etc.

  • Being exposed to suicidal behavior from friends, relatives, and other influential people (more info at bottom)

 

PREVENTION

The goal of hotlines is to deescalate stressful/harmful/traumatic situations by providing emotional support. 

After your first text, you will soon receive a generated message that asks you to tell you more about your situation in order to let them know about what they can do and evaluate your priority.

After that you will be connected to a crisis counselor. This is a non-judgmental, trusting person who is trained to provide talk you into a calmer state by providing active listening and support.


The conversation lasts until you are ready to end it. Often they will ask you if you are in an improved state. If not and you or someone you know are in immediate danger, emergency services will be sent to your house.

 

FOR SUVIVORS AND GRIEVERS

Click the link above or visit here

"You are not alone. Suicide affects millions each year, and thanks to our donors and volunteers—many of whom are loss survivors themselves—we can provide these resources to help you heal. "

Visit Healthline

to hear about Nita Johnson's story

Click the link above for 
"A selection of organizations, websites, and materials that can help people who have lost someone to suicide. Many of these resources were developed by survivors of suicide loss. Although not the focus of this sheet, many of the organizations listed also provide guidance on becoming involved in prevention, advocacy, and support for other survivors."

Click link above to visit the American Association of Suicidology

Or visit here for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention to read more about after an attempt.

Visit the link above for support groups, guide, and external resources such as the lifeline for attempt survivors and a website of a collection of stories for suicide attempt survivors named Lived Through This.