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.
Be concerned when someone close to you:
Talks about committing suicide
Has trouble eating or sleeping
Experiences drastic changes in behavior
Withdraws from friends and/or social activities
Loses interest in hobbies, work, school, etc.
Prepares for death by making out a will and final arrangements
Gives away prized possessions
Takes unnecessary risks
Has had recent severe losses
Is preoccupied with death and dying
Loses interest in his or her personal appearance
Increases his or her use of alcohol or drugs
Getting into trouble with authority figures
These warning signs are especially noteworthy in the context of:
A recent break-up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, or conflict with parents
News reports of other suicides by young people in the same school or community
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology (http://www.apa.org/pubs/books/4600100.aspx)
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. If you’re Feeling suicidal, please give PFC a call and let us help you. Get help from a licensed mental health professional as soon as possible. They can help work out the problems that seem so unsolvable.