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Suicide Prevention Resources 

A close up shot of a woman's hand on top of a man's in support. Photo by pexels user Emma Bauso. Photo used courtesy of pexels.comusoAn essential part of mental health awareness is providing resources to identify when someone may be experiencing a mental health crisis and to know how to provide support to those in need. It is especially important to prioritize suicide awareness as a component of this outreach. 

Workplace Mental Health emphasizes that suicide is more common than you might think: A report published in the American Journal of Public Health in the fall of 2012 found that more Americans die by suicide than in car crashes, by homicide, or in other injury-related deaths (Rockett, 2012). For every suicide death, an estimated minimum of six people are affected, resulting in approximately six million American “survivors of suicide” in the last 25 years (Crisis Care Network, 2013).   

The best way we can raise awareness and provide support is to know the warning signs. Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these, seek help by calling the National Suicide Preventon Lifeline:

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves 

  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like 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 isolating themselves 

  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge 

  • Having extreme mood swings 

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. 1-800-273-8255.