LET’S TALK ABOUT IT: SUICIDE
Myth: People who talk about killing themselves rarely commit suicide.
Fact: Most people who commit suicide have given some verbal warnings of their intentions.
Suicide is in the news; we read of celebrities who take their lives and wonder how and why? They have so much money, prestige, and fame--Success. But are they happy? The pressure of certain lifestyles is imense. The Center for Disease Control has recently reported that suicide rates have increased and it is not just from mental illness. There are many factors including: relationship problems, substance misuse, a recent crisis, work problems, or financial or legal stress.
Feeling like a burden;
Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain (physical and emotional);
Looking for a way out, through lethal means;
Increased anger or rage;
Sleeping too little or too much;
Talking, thinking about wanting to die;
Making plans for suicide.
If you, or someone you know is, or you suspect to be suicidal, please get them help immediately.
What Can Be Done?
Many things. You have options. Talk to family, friends, or clergy. Isolating does not help. Knowing someone cares can just be the thread that keeps things together. Counseling provides an opportunity to discuss your situation and emotions in a safe, caring environment where you can learn coping and problems-solving skills; gain access to tools and resources, and to help you through the hard stuff. With on-going care for prevention and safety, you don’t have to be alone and can build your life into what you need and want for yourself.
For immediate assistance, call 911.
Minnesota offers a 24/7 crisis service.
In the Metro: Call: **CRISIS (274747)
TEXT: MN to 741741
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 (TALK)
Then make an appointment with a therapist.