Help Dealing with Suicide or Thoughts of Suicide
Suicide is the act of killing yourself, most often as a result of depression or other mental illness. In the U.S., suicide accounts for about two percent of all deaths. Rates are highest for men over 69, but are increasing alarmingly in young people aged 15 to 24.
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology (http://www.apa.org/pubs/books/4600100.aspx)
Be concerned when:
If you're Feeling suicidal please give PFC a call and let us help you. This is not something to be taken lightly. Often suicide is no longer an option for a person once they “get over the hump”. Let us help make things much better.
Warning signs of potential self-violence include:
These warning signs are especially noteworthy in the context of:
Often, suicidal thinking comes from a wish to end deep psychological pain. Death seems like the only way out. But it isn't. If a friend mentions suicide, take it seriously. Listen carefully, then seek help immediately. Never keep their talk of suicide a secret, even if they ask you to.
Remember, you risk losing that person. Forever. When you recognize the warning signs for suicidal behavior, do something about it. Tell a trusted adult what you have seen or heard. Get help from a licensed mental health professional as soon as possible. They can help work out the problems that seem so unsolvable but, in fact, are not.