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Suicide Awareness

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on 7 November 2014

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Transcript of Suicide Awareness

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People who kill themselves exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do. The more warning signs, the greater the risk.
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Take caution if If a person talks about:
• Killing themselves.
• Having no reason to live.
• Being a burden to others.
• Feeling trapped.
• Unbearable pain.

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A person’s suicide risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased, especially if it’s related to a painful event, loss, or change.
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Risk factors are often confused with warning signs of suicide, and frequently suicide prevention materials mix the two into lists of “what to watch out for.” It is important to note, however, that factors identified as increasing risk are not factors that cause or predict a suicide attempt. Risk factors are characteristics that make it more likely that an individual will consider, attempt, or die by suicide.
Look for warning signs In:
Talk
Mood
Behavior
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• Increased use of alcohol or drugs.
• Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means.
• Acting recklessly.
• Withdrawing from activities.
• Isolating from family and friends.
• Sleeping too much or too little.
• Visiting or calling people to say goodbye.
• Giving away prized possessions.
• Aggression.


People who are considering
suicide often display one
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• Depression.
• Loss of interest.
• Rage.
• Irritability.
• Humiliation.
• Anxiety.


Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and certain personality disorders
Alcohol and other substance use disorders
Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
History of trauma or abuse
Previous suicide attempt
Family history of suicide
Job or financial loss
Loss of relationship
Easy access to lethal means
Lack of social support and sense of isolation
Stigma associated with asking for help
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Protective factors are characteristics that make it less likely that individuals will consider, attempt, or die by suicide.
Effective clinical care for mental, physical and substance use disorders
Easy access to a variety of clinical interventions
Restricted access to highly lethal means of suicide
Strong connections to family and community support
Support through ongoing medical and mental health care relationships
Skills in problem solving, conflict resolution and handling problems in a non-violent way
Cultural and religious beliefs that discourage suicide and support self-preservation
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National Suicide prevention life line
1-800-273-TALK
when you call you will be able to talk to a trained counselor at a crisis center in your area
call ANYTIME 24/7
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