Today starts National Suicide Prevention Week, September 4-10. September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day.
It is SO important to recognize the signs of suicidal thoughts.
Below is a list of warning signs for suicide:
- Increased Isolation – From family and friends
- Alcohol or Drug Use Increases
- Expression of negative attitude toward self
- Expression of hopelessness or helplessness
- Change in Regular Behavior
- Loss of interest in usual activities
- Giving away valued possessions
- Expression of a lack of future orientation (i.e. “It won’t matter soon anyway”)
- Expressing Suicidal Feelings
- Signs of Depression
- Describes a Specific Plan for Suicide
- History of Suicide in the Family
- A person who has been extremely depressed in the past may be at an increased risk for suicide if the depression begins to cease, as they may now have the psychological energy to follow through on a suicidal ideation. (The Trevor Project 2010, http://www.thetrevorproject.org/suicide-resources/suicidal-signs)
If you know someone who is struggling, or you are the one with the struggles, please do not hesitate to seek help. Call 911, go directly to an emergency room, or call one of these lifelines:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- The Trevor Project: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386)
Suicide is preventable. It is possible to move past the dark thoughts, and start feeling more like yourself again. I have had suicidal thoughts in my past, most recently was about a year ago. I suffer from depression, and it was a result of that. Thankfully, not only for myself, but my family, I never had a plan to go through with it. I never knew exactly how I wanted to kill myself, or when, or anything like that. Unfortunately, there are thousands of people out there that do, and many of them survived. A few of my fellow PPD mamas come to mind.
You can beat this, you can survive. You are worth it. You are SO worth it. You may not be able to see it now, but I know and hope that one day you will. Please, if you’re suicidal, seek help. If you know someone who is suicidal, please help them. Most of the time, when someone shows signs, or talks about wanting to die, they are reaching out for help. Do not turn your back, and hope someone else will help them. This is a life, and a life that can be saved.
Spread the word about suicide prevention. Not just this week, but all year. Suicide is unnecessary, and with more resources available, it is possible to bring the suicide rate down. Talk about it, and talk about the illnesses that lead to suicide. Depression is one of them. Let’s break down that wall of stigma, and bring it to light. Depression is nothing to be ashamed of, and it’s nothing to be afraid of. Depressed people are just like you, just in need of a little more help to be “normal.”
If you can save a life, do it. They will be grateful for it later.