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Suicide Prevention

Students can make a big difference in the lives of their friends and family when it comes to suicide. People who commit suicide feel isolated and feel that suicide is their only option. They don't necessarily want to die, they just want what they are going through to end. The biggest falsehood is that if we talk about suicide we are planting a seed for them to attempt suicide. The opposite is true. Talking about suicide only opens a door for communication and help.

One important fact to remember is--the majority of people who attempt suicide talk about it before hand. There are many indicators of someone that may be thinking about suicide, such as:

  • A drop in grades

  • Lack of interest in usual activities

  • Lack of motivation –Decreased general activity

  • Sleeps all the time

  • Gives away possessions

  • Talks about suicide

  • Sudden and unusual euphoria

  • Drug or alcohol abuse or use

  • Mental illness

  • Eating Disorder

  • Previous Attempts

  • Family history of suicide

  • Beyond Help

  • Making arrangements – getting affairs in order

  • Taking unnecessary Risks – Or self-destructive behavior

If you see or know someone with these behaviors, don’t be afraid to ask them if they need help or are contemplating suicide. Then help them contact a teacher, counselor, parent, ecclesiastical figure, 911 or the suicide hotline. There is always someone to go to for help.
Suicide is truly an epidemic that we can have a major effect on.