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If you are feeling suicidal

  • You are not aloneCall 1-800-273-TALK 24 hours a day to be connected to someone who cares about what you are going through, is trained to help you find options and connect you to local resources
  • Suicide is preventable.  Suicidal thinking is usually associated with problems that can be treated.  People respond to different treatments in different ways – it can take time to find the right combination.
  • Suicidal crises are almost always temporary.  Although it might seem as if your unhappiness will never end, it is important to realize that crises are usually time-limited.  Solutions can be found, feelings change, unexpected positive events can occur.  Suicide is sometimes referred to as “a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”  Don’t let suicide rob you of better times that would have come your way, if only you had allowed more time.

Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-273-TALK

to speak to someone 24 hours a day.

Helping a suicidal person

  • Be aware of warning signs.
  • Take threats seriously.
  • Don’t be judgmental or dismissive.
  • Tell them to dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-273-TALK.

Suicide warning signs

  • Threatening or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself.
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means.
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person.
  • Feeling hopeless.
  • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge.
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities.
  • Feeling trapped, like there is no way out.
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use.
  • Withdrawing from friends, family and society.
  • Feeling anxious or agitated.
  • Being unable to sleep or sleeping all the time.
  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes.
  • Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose life.

Suicide Myths and Facts

Myth: People who talk about suicide don’t commit suicide.
Fact: Most people who kill themselves have given definite warnings of their suicidal intentions.

Myth: Suicidal people are fully intent on dying.
Fact: Most suicidal people are ambivalent about living or dying – that’s what makes prevention possible.

Myth: Once people are suicidal, they are suicidal forever.
Fact: Individuals who wish to kill themselves are suicidal only for a limited period of time.

Myth: Suicide strikes much more often among the rich, or, conversely, almost exclusively among the poor.
Fact: Suicide is very “democratic” and is represented proportionately among all levels of society.

If you are the survivor of a loved one’s suicide…

The death of someone close to you is difficult regardless of the means of death, but losing someone to suicide can be particularly difficult due to the stigma associated with suicide and mental illness.  Many find counseling, survivor support groups and other services to be a help.  For information on survivor services, please call 2-1-1 or go to the following websites for more information and links to online support groups and information:

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