Suicide

Overview

Suicide is often the reaction to stressful life events and/or emotions. Suicide may be considered by people who are seeking ways to cope with or rid themselves of intense, negative thoughts, emotions, and/or pain.

What You Should Know

Suicide can be prevented. If you or someone you know are considering suicide, there are steps you can take to stay safe and keep others safe. you can begin to enjoy your life again.

Anyone, no matter how minimal or significant your problems, can get treatment & support at any time.

For immediate help, call 911 or the suicide hotline @ 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)

Symptoms

  • Talking about suicide
  • Getting the means to harm yourself
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Isolation
  • Mood swings
  • Being preoccupied with death, dying, or violence
  • Feeling trapped or hopeless
  • Increased use of alcohol and drugs
  • Changing normal routine
  • Engaging in self-destructive behaviors
  • Giving away belongings
  • Saying goodbye to others
  • Personality changes
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Family history of suicide
  • Impulsiveness
  • Physical illness & chronic pain

 

​Myth Buster

  • Warning signs are not always obvious
  • All people diagnosed with PTSD or depression are not suicidal
  • People who are considering suicide are not all seeking attention & manipulating others
  • There are almost always signs of suicide

 

Support and Treatments

Other treatments may be available in the community

  • Peer Support Services
  • Chaplain Services
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Medication management (may be offered in the community)

 

Self Care

Practicing self-care can significantly improve your symptoms & treatment outcomes

  • Talk to others you trust
  • Improve sleep hygiene when off duty (click here to learn more about improving your sleep)
  • Get creative!
  • Focus on things you do well
  • Mindfulness & meditation
  • Decrease alcohol use and/or avoid alcohol to cope as alcohol can increase symptom severity
  • Avoid drugs to cope

 

References

Suicide & suicidal thoughts. (2017). Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/suicide/basics/symptoms/co...