Everyday people struggle with life and many end up feeling so alone that they want to give up. It’s important that those around you know how much you mean to them and to understand the warning signs that often accompany suicidal thoughts and actions.
This week is National Suicide Prevention Week, a national campaign to raise awareness and prevention of suicide across the country. Suicide is a serious epidemic, which claims the lives of almost 40,000 Americans a year. Researching the causes and educating people on how best to cope with suicidal thoughts are the best ways to help stop this epidemic.
According to the American Association of Suicidology some warning signs include:
- Increased substance (alcohol or drug) use
- No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life
- Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all of the time
- Feeling trapped - like there's no way out
- Withdrawal from friends, family and society
- Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge
- Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
- Dramatic mood changes
If you know someone who may be at risk for suicide or are experiencing suicidal thoughts take it seriously, don’t leave them alone, and contact the Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
For more information on how you can help prevent suicide, visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.