Suicide Prevention — Transcription
Hello everyone! I’m back and I have a really important topic today. Hope you’re all doing well. It’s a beautiful fall day. This is my favorite time of year. I have my sweater on, I got my candle lit, I’m ready to go! Hopefully you’re enjoying it as well. And speaking of fall, it is September and it’s the end of September, but it’s national suicide prevention month. So before the month ends, I do want to go over this topic because it’s as uncomfortable as it is to talk about. It is a really important topic to have in the back of your mind. Just so you can know, you know, different warning signs of you or a loved one is experiencing any of them that may be contemplating suicide or self harm, and to know the resources that are available again to you or others in your life.
So some of the warning signs of suicide are isolation. So if you’ve noticed that somebody is isolating a lot, they used to come around a lot, and they’re not really doing that as much. If they have an increased depression that you notice their behaviors becoming erotic or reckless increase in alcohol or drugs or poor decision making, things like that, I’m talking about death or dying a lot, I’m giving away their items or making plans and arrangements that may indicate that they’re trying to end their life you know, saying their goodbyes – things like that additional mood swings and different ups and downs that they may be having. And then also maybe indicating, that there’s self harm. So any sort of that you’re noticing on the wrist or legs or different things if you see that, then it could also be an indication of suicide.
So some of these are some of the warning signs that you can look out for, again for you or somebody that you may love. And in order to, you know, once you kind of see these warning signs and know that maybe somebody is contemplating this, the first thing I would recommend yeah. Is to ask again, I know it’s really, I am comfortable. No one really wants to talk about it, but chances are – yeah. Or if you ask them, you know, I’ve noticed that these behaviors and I’m really concerned about you, are you thinking of harming yourself or are you thinking of killing yourself? Something like that. I know it seems really drastic, but the person might actually be honest with you the view and say, you know, I have been thinking about it that, and then you can at least help them to get help and the help that they need.
So the first thing would be to ask if they’re feeling that way and tell them why you’re concerned. What have you noticed that is indicating that you’re concerned for them. And then you can get them the help that they need. So you can reach out to the national suicide prevention line, which is +1 800-273-8255, or you can text 2741741. You can text “help”, or I think you can text any word and a counselor or someone, a crisis counselor will be, are you able to text or talk with that person yourself? So these are the numbers. Those are both 24-7 . So make sure you either give that person that number, or you taught yourself if you need to. And it’s just important to remember that you’re not alone and help that person feel like they’re not alone and just be there and kind of notice these things.
You know, we all know the people in our lives and we typically know when something’s off. So if you feel that in your gut, make sure you act on that and figure out a plan. And if you yourself are ever concerned about somebody and you don’t know what to do, feel free to reach out to those numbers or you can go to NAMI.org? It’s the national Alliance for mental illnesses. They have great resources on there as well to help them you out. So again, I know this is a tough topic, but it’s definitely needed. So the end of national suicide profile, I mentioned month, September, and hopefully you guys are all doing well and I will be back next Tuesday, have a good one!