Suicide Prevention Month

Katia Howell

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September is Suicide Prevention Month. There are many ways to stop suicide other than sharing the hotline number. You could watch for some of the warning signs of suicide. Most importantly get them appropriate help. You could call a crisis hotline or get a trusted adult to tell about the situation. 

  • Someone threatening to hurt themselves or talking about wanting to die.
  • Writing or posting about death
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Displaying extreme mood swings 
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated

If someone is showing these signs, you can try to talk to them about how they are feeling and why they may be feeling the way they do. The best way to help them is to tell a trusted adult that you know someone who is talking and thinking about suicide so they can get them the help they need. 

There are some risk factors for suicide which do not mean they necessarily predict suicide but that makes it more likely someone will consider or attempt suicide. These risk factors include-

  • Mental disorders
  • Hopelessness
  • History of trauma or abuse
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • The recent loss of a relationship
  • Lack of social support and sense of isolation
  • Exposure to others who have died to suicide ( in real life or on social media and the internet)

There are a few steps to help prevent suicide.

1.) Ask

If you think someone is suicidal ask them directly “ Are you thinking about suicide?” Doing this will show that you care and will actually decrease their risk because it shows that someone is willing to talk to them about it.

2.) Listen and stay with them

If they say ‘yes’,  they are suicidal listen to what they say and allow them to express how they are feeling. Don’t leave them alone. Stay with them and get someone else reliable to stay with then

3.) Get help

And most importantly, get them appropriate help. You could call a crisis hotline or get a trusted adult to tell about the situation. 

 

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