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Suicide Education and Prevention

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (2007) most individuals who are experiencing suicidal ideation exhibit certain warning signs. And, by learning to recognize the warning signs of suicide we know how to respond and can save someone’s life. If you believe that you or someone you know is at risk for suicide, please do not hesitate to seek help. Please call, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Warning Signs of Suicide:

  • Ongoing depression (sadness, lack of emotion or verbal expression)

  • Loss of interest

  • Problems with sleep

  • Loss of interest and/or social withdrawal

  • Expresses lack of hope

  • Giving away personal items

  • Anxiety, panic attacks

  • Increasing talks about death and dying

  • Threatening suicide

  • Verbalizes a wish to die

How You Can Help?

  • Take all threats or suicide gestures seriously

  • Do not leave the person alone, call 911 or transport the individual to a local crisis center or emergency room.

  • Express concern

  • Offer hope

  • Be supportive

  • Remove all fire weapons and any other item that the person can potentially use to inflict self-harm

If you or someone you know is at risk for suicide, help is available. Please call, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the crisis hotline in your county.

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