Suicide among rural youth: What can we as a society do?
Pain Isn't Always Obvious. Everyday in California, there are friends, family and co-workers who
suffer in silence. Because, for many, it's too difficult to talk about their emotional pain, thoughts of suicide
or the need for help. Though the warning signs may be subtle, they are there. By recognizing these signs, knowing how to start a conversation and where to turn for help, you have the power to make a difference--the power to save a life.
WARNING SIGNS TO LOOK FOR:
* Talking about wanting to die or suicide
* Feeling hopeless, desperate, trapped
* Giving away possessions
* Putting affairs in order
* Reckless behavior
* Increased drug or alcohol use
* Anxiety or agitation
* Changes in sleep
* Sudden mood changese
* No sense of purpose
If you are concerned about someone, reach out and ask direct questions:
"Are you thinking about suicide?"
If you think the person is suicidal, take it seriously. Don't leave them alone. Call 911 for Life-Threatening Emergencies.
Visit www.suicideispreventable.org to learn if someone you know might be at risk.
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE: 1-800-273-8255
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