September is Suicide Prevention Month

Know the Warning Signs
• Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
• Looking for a way to kill oneself
• Feeling hopeless or having no purpose
• Drug and/or alcohol abuse
• Sleeping too little or too much
• Acting anxious, agitated, or reckless
• Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge

 

Ask Questions
• “Do you ever think about suicide?”
• “Do you plan to hurt or kill yourself?”
• “Have you attempted suicide before?”
• “Have you thought about when you would do it (today, tomorrow, next week)?”
• Have you thought about what method you would use?”

 

Do’s
• Let the person talk and LISTEN to them without judgement
• Reassure them that treatment and help is available
• Tell them what they are experiencing is treatable and that suicidal feelings are temporary

 

Don’t’s
• Don’t try to minimize problems or shame a person into changing their mind
• Don’t try to convince a person who is suicidal that “it’s not that bad”
• Don’t preach about suicide being right or wrong

 

Need someone to talk to?

Call the
Lifeline at
1-800-273-8255 (TALK) Press 1

Confidential chat at VeteransCrisisLine.net or text to 838255

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