Suicide Prevention

Suicide is Preventable

Most suicides occur due to some form of mental condition, such as depression or a substance abuse disorder. These conditions are treatable and suicide is preventable.


Know the Signs, and Get Help

  1. Withdrawal from friends, school or previously enjoyed activities
  2. Abandoning ambitions or goals
  3. Increase in alcohol or drug use
  4. Self-harm
  5. Inability to concentrate or think clearly
  6. Marked changes in behavior

Talk About It
Talking about suicide does not increase the risk.

  • Ask directly - "Are you thinking about killing yourself?"
  • Listen to the problem and give them your full attention.
  • Communicate, I care about you and want to get you help.

Recommended Actions
Stay with the person
Call 911 or a Crisis Hotline
Connect with your Physician and School Mental Health staff

Related Information and Articles:

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide is Preventable - Here's How to Help

Many people may not realize that suicide is the second leading cause of death for middle and high school-aged students, as reported by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This is surpassed only by “unintentional injury.” Suicide is preventable, though. Four out of five teens who attempted to end their lives have given clear warning signs or “invitations” to those around them to engage. That means that in 80 percent of cases, we have an opportunity to intervene and save a young person’s life. Read more


Here's how to help:

Teen Suicides:  What are the Risk Factors?
Suicide Prevention Help Guide
The 10 Things We've Learned from Research
The Invisible Warning Signs of Suicide

 

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