Thursday, September 22, 2011

I Missed The Date

But it's never too late.  Suicide prevention week was 9/4 to 9/10.  I'm going to post for a few days about suicide and what to do, when and how to help.  Suicide is a very real thing that happens to very real people.

I'm going to give you information from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.   The number to call is 1-800-273-TALK(8255). Don't ever be afraid or hesitate to call that number. They will help.

These signs are copied directly from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website

What Are The Warning Signs For Suicide?

These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. Seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or by calling the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) if you or someone you know exhibits any of the following signs:

•Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.

•Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.

•Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.

•Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.

•Talking about being a burden to others.

•Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.

•Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.

•Sleeping too little or too much.

•Withdrawing or feeling isolated.

•Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.

•Displaying extreme mood swings.

These are important signs.  This is not something to fool around about.  When someone in your world is doing or saying these things you really can't ignore them, even if it's a person you know well, or they say things like this all the time.   You never know which time will be the time.  None of us wants to live with regrets.