Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. We can prevent suicides and save lives by starting a conversation, providing support, and helping those who need it. People who have access to mental health services and receive support from caring friends and family are less likely than those who are socially isolated to act on suicidal thoughts. Don’t be afraid to simply ask someone you know if they are depressed or considering suicide. If you feel like you’re struggling or know someone in your life that may be struggling with their mental health, here are some warning signs to look for:
- Severe sadness or moodiness
- Sleep problems
- Sudden calmness. Suddenly becoming calm after a period of depression or moodiness can be a sign that the person has made a decision to end their life.
- Changes in personality or appearance
- Dangerous or self-harmful behavior
- Recent trauma or life crisis
- Making preparations
- Threatening or talking about suicide
Always know that every threat of suicide should be taken seriously!
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency please contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. If you are interested in PHN’s behavioral health services, please visit: https://primary-health.net/ServiceDetail.aspx?id=20