April 2021: Suicide Prevention

Let’s talk about suicide. Risk factors and warning signs don’t always predict a suicide, but they’re important to be aware of.

Risk factors may include those with mental disorders, alcohol/substance abuse, a history of trauma or abuse, major physical illnesses, previous suicide attempts, family history of suicide, job or financial loss, loss of relationships, easy access to lethal weapons, or lack of social support.

Warning signs such as withdrawing or isolating, sleeping too much or too little, mood swings, searching for ways to end life, talking about feeling trapped, or talking about being a burden to others should not be ignored.

Talk to those you love when you notice these potential warning signs. Encourage those at risk to talk about it and reach out for help.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 800-273-8255 or text 741741.

For additional resources, visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org

 

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