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Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a state of mind that drives people to take their own lives because something inside of them would not stop hurting. Many people who have committed suicide didn’t seek enough help. In this case, if someone is giving an impression or signs of committing suicide, immediately call 911. Saving someone’s life is more important than anything else.

 

What causes suicide?

There are many areas such as depression, alcoholism and mental disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder that may cause suicide, but of these disorders depression is the most important one.  Depression is a major part in committing suicide.

 

Warning signs of suicide

  • Talking about suicide

  • Always thinking and talking about death

  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless

  • Statements like “It would be better if I wasn’t here” or “I want out”

  • Depression that gets worse

  • Tempting a death wish, such as driving fast or jumping across railroad tracks

  • Losing interest in things one used to care about

  • Calling people to say “goodbye”

 

What to do

If you know someone who appears to be depressed and thinking about committing suicide, take them seriously. First, listen to what they have to say, and then ask them what they are planning, but don’t try to argue with them. Just let the person know that you care and understand, then SEEK HELP.  Avoid statements like “You have so much to live for.”  After that, encourage the person to contact a mental health professional. The person may think they cannot be helped, so you may need to accompany them.


 

Additional Information

 

National Data on Campus Suicide and Depression

 

 

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