Suicide Prevention

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Do you feel you’re at risk? Are you concerned about someone being suicidal? If someone were to ask you right now if you are having thoughts of suicide, what would your honest answer be? If yes, this is likely a difficult time for you.

You do not need to go through this alone.

Likely, you are already taking your thoughts of suicide seriously. Being alone with thoughts of suicide is one thing that is known to increase the risk of harm or death. Find someone who is comfortable talking about suicide—someone who will worCalloutsk with you to prevent the risk of these thoughts leading to suicidal actions. One of the quickest and best ways to find out if the helper has these abilities is to tell them that you are having thoughts of suicide and watch their reaction. Don’t expect them to be comfortable immediately, but do expect them to show more concern for you than for themselves. If they don’t measure up, there are others who will. Don’t give up.

Once you have found someone, don’t expect that the helper is going to keep the danger a secret or not want extra help. You want a helper who is honest about how much they can do. Lastly, be honest. Don’t say anything just to please the helper or promise anything you can’t or won’t do. Everyone needs to take the time to find what will really help. Suicide is not the only way out.

Gila River Behavioral Health Services
(520) 562-3321 ext.7100
(520) 550-6008

Outside Gila River Indian Community:
(602) 528-7100

24 Hour Crisis Hotline
1 (800) 259-3449


Suicide Warning Signs

Talk

If a person talks about:

  • Being a burden to others
  • Feeling trapped
  • Experiencing unbearable pain
  • Having no reason to live
  • Killing themselves

Behavior

Specific things to look out for include:

  • 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

Mood

People who are considering suicide often
display one or more of the following moods:

  • Depression
  • Loss of interest
  • Rage
  • Irritability
  • Humiliation
  • Anxiety

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suicide Risk Factors

Risk factors are characteristics or conditions that increase the chance that a person may try to take his or her life.

Health Factors

  • Mental health conditions
    • Depression
    • Bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder
    • Schizophrenia
    • Borderline or antisocial personality disorder
    • Conduct disorder
    • Psychotic disorders, or psychotic symptoms in the context of any disorder
    • Anxiety disorders
  • Substance abuse disorders
  • Serious or chronic health condition and/or pain

Environmental Factors

  • Stressful life events which may include a death, divorce, or job loss
  • Prolonged stress factors which may include harassment, bullying, relationship problems, and unemployment
  • Access to lethal means including firearms and drugs
  • Exposure to another person’s suicide or to graphic or sensationalized accounts of suicide

Historical Factors

  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Family history of suicide attempts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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