How to Know if Someone is Thinking About Suicide
SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK
I heard on the radio this is Suicide Prevention Week, and it made me think of the two suicides our Bio-One crews were called to clean up this week. One, a middle-aged woman, the other, a teenage boy. I can't imagine they had anything in common, except for one thing: their cries for help were likely unheard or unrecognized.
That's why I wanted to share warning signs to help open your eyes to someone you know who might be struggling with some of the same thoughts.
SUICIDE WARNING SIGNS
- Talking about feeling stuck or trapped, helpless or hopeless
- Feeling worthless and thinking they are a burden to people around them
- Speaking of unbearable pain
- Withdrawing from social interactions
- Not taking care of themselves
- Being more aggressive or impatient
- Becoming more apathetic
- Using more unhealthy substances, such as drugs and alcohol
- Getting affairs in order (giving away prized possessions) and saying goodbyes (unexpected visits and calls)
If you notice a sudden sense of calm and happiness after being extremely depressed, that can mean the decision has been made to attempt suicide. If you see the warning signs, you need to SPEAK UP. But what if you're wrong? What if he or she gets angry? Yes, the conversation will be difficult and uncomfortable, but it could save a life.
WAYS TO START A CONVERSATION ABOUT SUICIDE
“I have been feeling concerned about you lately.”
"Recently, I have noticed some differences in you and wondered how you are doing.”
"I wanted to check in with you because you haven’t seemed yourself lately."
You'll find more helpful information and resources about suicide prevention on the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services' website.
And emergency, professional help is a phone call away:
NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE
or text "4HOPE" to 741 741