Sunday, April 16

Things To Consider...

Take it seriously.

Remember: suicidal behavior is a cry for help.

Be willing to give and get help sooner rather than later.

Listen.

ASK: “Are you having thoughts of suicide?”

If the person is acutely suicidal, do not leave her alone.

Urge professional help.

No secrets.

From crisis to recovery.

Warning Signs:
Death or terminal illness of relative or friend.
Divorce, separation, broken relationship, stress on family.
Loss of health (real or imaginary).
Loss of job, home, money, status, self-esteem, personal security.
Alcohol or drug abuse.

Things You Feel If You're Depressed:
Overwhelming Pain
Hopelessness
Powerlessness
Feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt, self-hatred, “no one cares”. Fears of losing control, harming self or others.
Personality becomes sad, withdrawn, tired, apathetic, anxious, irritable, or prone to angry outbursts.
Declining performance in school, work, or other activities.
Social isolation; or association with a group that has different moral standards than those of the family.
Declining interest in sex, friends, or activities previously enjoyed.
Neglect of personal welfare, deteriorating physical appearance.
Alterations in sleeping or eating habits.

Suicidal Behaviors:
Previous suicide attempts.
Statements of suicidal feelings.
Development of suicidal plan, “rehearsal” behavior, setting a time for the attempt.
Self-inflicted injuries, such as cuts, burns, or head banging.
Reckless behavior. (Besides suicide, other leading causes of death among young people are homicide, accidents, drug overdose, and AIDS.)
Making out a will or giving away favorite possessions.
Inappropriately saying goodbye.
Verbal behavior that is indirect: “I'm going away on a real long trip.”, “You won't have to worry about me anymore.”, “I want to go to sleep and never wake up.”, “I'm so depressed, I just can't go on.”, “Voices are telling me to do bad things.”, inappropriate joking, stories or essays on morbid themes.

Think about the things I've said.

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