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.