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While mental health issues can greatly contribute to suicide, the Centers for Disease Control says suicide is more than a mental health concern. In fact, they say suicide is rarely caused by a single factor and a person does not have to be diagnosed with a mental health condition in order to be at risk for suicide.
"Other problems often contribute to suicide, such as those related to relationships, substance use, physical health, and job, money, legal, or housing stress. "
The CDC says everyone, from the government to the media and everyone in between, must work together to prevent future suicides. If you or someone you know needs help, please read below. Even if you don't know anyone who needs help, please read below, in case one day you do.
I need help...
If you need help for yourself or someone else, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline right away. They are there 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
You can call them anytime at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or you can chat with someone online. Just go to www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Talk: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
If you are hard of hearing or a veteran, you can click here instead. Or you can contact the Lifeline via TTY by dialing 800-799-4889. Veterans can call 1-800-273-8255.
You can also send a text to 838255.
What are the 12 warnings signs?
The CDC says there are 12 warning signs that you may notice before someone attempts to comment suicide. They are:
- Feeling like a burden
- Being isolated
- Increased anxiety
- Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Increased substance use
- Looking for a way to access lethal means
- Increased anger or rage
- Extreme mood swings
- Expressing hopelessness
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Talking or posting about wanting to die
- Making plans for suicide
What can I do to help someone?
You can call the numbers above or encourage them to call.
There are also 5 Steps to help someone at risk:
2. Keep them safe.
3. Be there.
4. Help them connect.
5. Follow up.
Here are some suggestions for each step:
1. ASK: Asking the question “Are you thinking about suicide?” communicates that you’re open to speaking about suicide in a non-judgmental and supportive way.
2. KEEP THEM SAFE: After the “Ask” step, and you’ve determined suicide is indeed being talked about, it’s important to find out a few things to establish immediate safety. Have they already done something? Have they thought about how they would do it? Do they have a plan?
3. BE THERE: This could mean being physically present for someone, speaking with them on the phone when you can, or any other way that shows support for the person at risk. An important aspect of this step is to make sure you follow through. Don't overcommit.
4. HELP THEM CONNECT: Helping someone with thoughts of suicide connect with ongoing supports (like the Lifeline, 800-273-8255) can help them establish a safety net for those moments they find themselves in a crisis.
5. FOLLOW UP: After you've taken the initial steps to get them help, keep in touch with them. Leave a message, send a text, or give them a call.
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