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Suicide Awareness/Prevention

There is no single cause to suicide. It most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. On average, there are 117 suicides each day.  For every suicide, there were an additional 25 attempts that weren’t successful. Men die by suicide three and a half times more often than women and white males accounted for 7 of 10 suicides in 2014. (From www.afsp.org )

There are many warning signs that may indicate someone is contemplating suicide including:

  • Appearing depressed or sad most of the time.
    (Untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide.)
  • Talking or writing about death or suicide.
  • Withdrawing from family and friends.
  • Feeling hopeless and/or helpless.
  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes.
  • Abusing drugs or alcohol.
  • Losing interest in most activities.
  • Experiencing a change in sleeping and/or eating habits
  • Performing poorly at work or in school.
  • Giving away prized possessions.
  • Writing a will.
  • Feeling excessive guilt or shame.
  • Acting recklessly.

National Organizations:
American Federation for Suicide Prevention
Suicide
Veterans Crisis Line

Local organizations:
Putting a Face on Suicide

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 Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text. Here’s how it works:

  1. Text 741-741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.
  2. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly.
  3. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.

(From www.crisistextline.org)

Here’s a personal story by a mom affected by suicide:

By Paula J. Austin

My daughter was an average teenager. She had lots of friends; in fact she was the friend who everyone went to when they had a problem. She was a mostly A student, loved to draw and loved animals. She was eager to please She was normal. But in October of 2013 she took her life. We didn’t see it coming.

Jessica Austin -Suicide Awareness & Prevention

Teenage Suicide is reaching epidemic proportions in this country. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in teens and young adults from 10 to 24 years. It kills more young adults than cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, and influenza COMBINED. There is no one cause for suicide (although it is often paired with depression and mental illness), it is simply the result of the internal pain exceeding the psyche’s ability to cope.

Today my good friend Diane rides to bring awareness to this cause. Please be aware some of the signs of a person who may have thoughts of harming themselves:

  • Talking about or preoccupation with death
  • Change in behavior- may become withdrawn
  • Losing interest in things they enjoy
  • Previous attempts at self-harm
  • Sleeping too little or too much
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