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Learn the Warning Signs: Suicide Prevention, number 3

September 16, 2016

In an emergency, contact:

Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Psychiatric hospital walk-in clinic
Hospital emergency room
Urgent care center/clinic
Call 911

Suicide.

Suicide prevention.

Friend and colleague Sara Lund recently listed 10 things each of us can do that will help save lives. It’s with her gracious permission that I share them with you here.

We’re going to take this list slowly.

Please read, absorb, apply as needed and then repeat as needed.

Please. —

3. Learn the warning signs.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, people who are at greatest risk for killing themselves exhibit the following signs:

If a person talks about:

Killing themselves. Having no reason to live. Being a burden to others. Feeling trapped. Unbearable pain.

If a person’s behaviors change: Increased use of alcohol or drugs. Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means.

Acting recklessly. Withdrawing from activities. Isolating from family and friends. Sleeping too much or too little. Visiting or calling people to say goodbye. Giving away prized possessions. Aggression.

If a person’s mood changes: Depression. Loss of interest. Rage. Irritability. Humiliation. Anxiety.

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