Four out of five people who commit suicide have talked about it or threatened it previously. It is not true that someone who talks about suicide will not try suicide. Often that is a clear call for help. All suicide threats must be taken seriously.
Drugs or alcohol are involved in two out of three suicides. Use of these chemicals intensifies the already existing feelings of helplessness and hopelessness that the person is experiencing.
Research shows that the suicidal person gives many clues and warnings. Recognizing these cries for help can save a life.
Most suicidal people are undecided about living or dying. They gamble, leaving it to others to save them. Almost no one commits suicide without letting others know how he/she feels.
The act of suicide is not seen as moving toward something but as moving away from unbearable pain. Most are suicidal for only a limited time and if prevented from destroying themselves, go on to lead useful lives
Warning Signs of Suicide
2.Talk of death and statements revealing a desire to die
3.Previous suicide attempts
4.Sudden changes in behavior (withdrawal, moodiness)
5.Marked change in appearance
6.Depression (crying, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, hopelessness)
7.Tendency towards isolation
8.Final arrangements (such as giving away possessions, making a will)
Get Help Now
*SUICIDE IS A PERMANENT SOLUTION TO A TEMPORARY PROBLEM!*
Although it is often difficult to see an end to the current pain one is in, nothing lasts forever. There are ways out of sadness. The first step is to ask for help.
If you or a student you know is facing a crisis situation, you can come to Student Counseling Services to speak with a counselor M-F from 9:30-5:30 located on the second floor of the Owens Franklin Health Center. 936-261-1410/1400
---IF A CRISIS OCCURS AFTER WORKING HOURS----
The 24 hour Emergency Help Line available 7 days a week: 1-800-346-3549
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
IMPORTANT TIPS TO REMEMBER
Be aware and learn the warning signs
Get involved and show interest and support
Ask if he or she is thinking about suicide
Be willing to listen and allow the expression of feelings
Be non-judgmental, not debating whether feelings are good or bad
Offer hope that alternatives are available
Lecture on the value of life
Dare the person to complete suicide
Give advice by making decisions for someone else or tell them to act differently
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