Resources on Suicide

October 1, 2008 8:42:41 AM PDT
Find out the warning signs of suicide and the programs out there to help survivors cope.Warning Signs of Suicide

Suicide can be prevented. While some suicides occur without any outward warning, most people who are suicidal do give warnings. Prevent the suicide of loved ones by learning to recognize the signs of someone at risk, taking those signs seriously and knowing how to respond to them.

Warning signs of suicide include:

    Observable signs of serious depression:
  • Unrelenting low mood
  • Pessimism
  • Hopelessness
  • Desperation
  • Anxiety, psychic pain and inner tension
  • Withdrawal
  • Sleep problems
  • Increased alcohol and/or other drug use
  • Recent impulsiveness and taking unnecessary risks
  • Threatening suicide or expressing a strong wish to die

    Making a plan:
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Sudden or impulsive purchase of a firearm
  • Obtaining other means of killing oneself such as poisons or medications
  • Unexpected rage or anger

The emotional crises that usually precede suicide are often recognizable and treatable. Although most depressed people are not suicidal, most suicidal people are depressed. Serious depression can be manifested in obvious sadness, but often it is rather expressed as a loss of pleasure or withdrawal from activities that had been enjoyable. One can help prevent suicide through early recognition and treatment of depression and other psychiatric illnesses.

Resources:

NATIONAL HOTLINES:
  • Police: 911
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • National Hotline - When you Need Someone To Talk To
    Covenant House Nineline: 800-999-9999
  • National Hotline - Crisis Prevention for Gay Youth
    Trevor Helpline: 800-850-8078
  • CHICAGOLAND HOTLINES:

  • Emergency Medical Care, North Suburban Chicago
    Evanston/Northwestern Healthcare Crisis Team: 847-570-2500 x 1
  • Family Crisis and Substance Abuse, North Suburban Chicago
    Omni Youth Services: 847-541-0199
  • Sexual Abuse, North Suburban Chicago
    La Casa Hotline: 847-872-7799
  • The LOSS (Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide) Program
    LOSS offers a safe, non-judgmental place where group members are assisted throughout the grieving process.

    Catholic Charities
    126 N. Desplaines Street

    Chicago, Illinois 60661-2357

    phone: 312.655.7283

    fax: 312.655.0678

    e-mail: jscott@catholiccharities.net

    web: www.catholiccharities.net

    Suicide Prevention Services in Batavia

    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

    ELYSSA'S MISSION



    www.elyssasmission.org.

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