Did you know that every 40 seconds, someone in the world takes their own life? It’s a staggering statistic to think about. In fact, suicide rates in the US have increased more than 30% since 1999.
Well, September 9th, 2020, is World Suicide Prevention Day.
Part of knowing how to help, is know what to look for. The World Health Organization has a long list of resources you can use to learn more about how to recognize and help those loved ones that you may believe are having suicidal thoughts.
Here are some warning signs to look for:
- Threats to kill oneself
- Implying “No one will miss me”
- Looking up ways to kill oneself on the internet or seeking access to weapons/medication that could be harmful.
- Saying goodbye to close family member and friends.
- Giving away valued possessions.
People who are the most at-risk:
- Those who have tried to take their life before
- People with depression, alcohol, or drug problems.
- Those suffering from severe emotional distress from a sudden big loss.
- Those suffering from chronic pain.
- Those who have experienced war, violence, trauma, abuse or discrimination.
- Those who are socially isolated.
What can you do to help:
- Find a quiet place to talk alone with the person about your worries and their thoughts, and let them know you are there to listen.
- Encourage them to seek professional help, and offer to accompany them to the appointmenr.
- If you believe the person is in danger, do not leave them alone, and call a crisis line.
- Stay in touch often with how the person is doing.
If you are having suicidal thoughts, you can always call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number that is live 24/7 at 800-273-8255, and for spanish, call 888-628-9454.