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Help and Hope Through Suicide Prevention

Summary: 
Individuals and communities can make a difference in preventing suicide.

Suicide claims approximately 800,000 lives across the world each year.  In the United States, more than twice as many people die by suicide than homicide, and more people die by suicide than from automobile accidents.  We should not accept these lives lost to suicide as irreversible facts.

Suicide is a heartbreaking, serious and preventable public health crisis.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and this year’s theme, “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives,” is a reminder that individuals and communities can make a difference in preventing suicide. Teachers can observe their students’ behavior and seek help when they suspect a student may be at risk of self-harm. Workplace managers can learn the warning signs for suicide and reach out to an employee who may be troubled. Teens can talk to their friends, their parents and other trusted adults, if they think someone they know needs help.

Know when to ask for help. Learning the warning signs of suicide is the first step:

Suicide Warning Signs. 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. Suicide is preventable. Call the Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Take the time to learn these warning signs. By staying alert, you will know when to intervene and you might save someone’s life. 

If someone you know is showing these warning signs:

  • Ask them if they are thinking about wanting to die or to kill themselves. (Don’t hesitate. This will not put the idea into their head or make it more likely that they will attempt suicide.)
  • Listen without judging and show you care.
  • Stay with the person or make sure the person is in a private, secure place with another caring person until you can get further help.
  • Remove any objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.
  • Call SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and follow their guidance.
  • If danger for self-harm seems imminent, call 911.

Your help can bring hope. Watch the stories of Terry, David and Jordan, who made the journey from a suicide attempt to recovery:

Take a look at these additional resources, and share them with any friends or family members:

You can make a difference in preventing suicide. Take the time to learn the warning signs - http://1.usa.gov/1UE1crE #WSPD

 

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