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September is Suicide Awareness Month

I have known several down through the years that have taken this route. It seems that no one is ammune from this silent killer. It can come to all different situations and can bring a family to its knees. If you know of someone who is feeling down or has some health issue and who might be worse than usual right now give them a call or show them a visit. A short visit can mean the difference between a upped mood and a sad out come. If you are sure that a possible suicide could be iminate making a call to the hotline can be very important. Have them call or you call for them. The Suicide Prevention Hotline# is 1-800-273-8255 which is available 24/7.

There are some symptoms you might want to be aware of also:

1. Threats of suicide in the past.
2. Recent attempt.
3. If someone has been depressed for a long time and seems to have gotten worse recently.
4. Changes in their personality.
5. Increased use of alcohol or drugs.
6. Behavioral disturbances such as stealing, aggression, impulsiveness, isolation.
7. Psychiatric illness. Hearing voices, etc.
8. Preparation to die. Giving prized pocessions away.
9. Sudden lift in spirits. It may be because they have made a decision to take their own life.
10. Saying things that are not characteristic.

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CoralLevang wrote on September 20, 2015, 4:02 PM

Important things of which to be aware. I have shared this on my social media sites.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 20, 2015, 8:12 PM

Sadly, my son in his first year as an RA at University, has already had to help his residents deal with an on campus suicide. The student who died was not one from his floor or even his dorm but several of his students knew the young man and a couple of them witnessed his fall. It breaks my heart to hear anyone, but especially one so young, has decided the only way to deal with life was to end it.

Feisty56 wrote on September 20, 2015, 8:43 PM

There are also some recommended questions you can ask a person if there is an outright declaration of intent to commit suicide as well as eliciting a verbal promise from that person that won't do so in a certain period of time. This can be important because it gives you time to talk the person into calling the Suicide Hotline, going to the emergency room, or otherwise seeking immediate help. I hope no one finds his or her self, but if it becomes necessary, call the police and tell them about the spoken intended suicide. I've had to do that twice and am happy to report both people are alive and well many years later.

celticeagle wrote on September 23, 2015, 6:46 AM

Those are great points. Thank you for adding that.

Last Edited: September 23, 2015, 6:46 AM

celticeagle wrote on September 23, 2015, 6:48 AM

Good. The further it gets the better.

celticeagle wrote on September 23, 2015, 6:50 AM

What you say is so true. In my years I have known of several and they tend to sneak up on you. You just can't always see it coming.