Suicide can be prevented; YOU can help – Learn the warning signs

September is National Suicide Awareness Month. It is time to inform and engage the general public about suicide prevention and warning signs of suicide. Whether you’ve had a personal experience with suicide or not, each individual has a part to play in suicide prevention. With Suicide Awareness Day being on Thursday, September 10th, take a minute to learn the warning signs of suicide.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online
  • Or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

Hold your loved ones close, listen, and be aware of the warning signs. Many people who find themselves in a suicide crisis can and do recover. Suicide can be prevented; you can help.

Spread the word about suicide prevention, and show how we can all take action and make an impact on someone’s life. The five action steps for communicating with someone who may be suicidal are supported by evidence in the field of suicide prevention. Share the #BeThe1To action steps, as well as resources, tips, and messages throughout National Suicide Prevention Month and beyond. Learn about each step and why the steps are effective here.

Look towards the different sources of strength that can help your child deal with suicidal thoughts and suicide prevention.

Consider joining the Fremont County Prevention Partnership and its workgroups, including the Suicide Prevention Taskforce.

If you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide, call Fremont Counseling Service 332-4233, or 856-7489, or the 24 hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) now.

For updated Fremont County and Wyoming resources, click here.

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