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Know the warning signs of suicide

A person in acute risk for suicidal behavior most often will show one or more warning signs of acute risk:

* Threatening to hurt or kill himself or herself, or talking of wanting to hurt or kill himself / herself;

* Looking for ways to kill himself or herself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means; and/or,

* Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide, when these behaviors are out of the ordinary for the individual.

If you observe any of these behaviors, in yourself or another individual, seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a referral.


Additional warning signs:

* Increased substance (alcohol or drug) use

* No reason for living, no sense of purpose in life

* Anxiety or agitation

* Unable to sleep or sleeping all the time

* Feeling trapped, like there’s no way out

* Hopelessness

* Withdrawal from friends, family and society

* Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge

* Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking

* Dramatic mood changes.


Take action

If you or someone you know has already attempted suicide and there is a life-threatening emergency, the first response should be to call 911.

For other urgent mental health concerns, specialists are available during normal duty hours from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Behavioral Health Department, Bldg. P-36, Wilcox Clinic, for walk-in appointments.

In addition, the Acute Care Clinic at Guthrie Clinic, Bldg. P-11050, has mental health personnel available for urgent mental health concerns daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

After 9 p.m., persons with urgent mental health concerns should contact Samaritan Medical Center at 785-4516, Mobile Crisis Services of North Country Transitional Living Services at 782-2327, or call 911.


American Association of Suicidology release

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