September 10-16, 2017 is National Suicide Prevention Week, a time devoted to awareness of the signs and symptoms, as well as the promotion of resources for anyone experiencing suicidal feelings.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. for all ages, according to the CDC. Approximately 105 Americans die by suicide every day, which equates to one death by suicide every 13 minutes in the United States. Make yurself aware of the signs and symptoms of suicide and the resources available should you or someone you know need them. Being informed saves lives.
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of suicide include:
- Not wanting to participate in family or social activities
- Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness, depressed mood, poor self-esteem or guilt
- Changes in sleeping and eating patterns, i.e., too much or too little
- Feelings of anger, rage or need for revenge
- Feeling exhausted most of the time
- Trouble with concentration, problems academically or socially
- Feelings of irritability
- Regular and frequent crying
- Not taking care of oneself
- Reckless, impulsive behaviors
- Frequent physical symptoms such as headaches or stomach aches
- Anytime someone talks about suicide or about wanting to die or disappear, even in a joking manner, the conversation should be taken seriously. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone you think may be considering suicide. If they are considering suicide, you may be able to help prevent it.
Most people who feel suicidal demonstrate warning signs. Recognizing some of these signs is the first step in helping yourself or someone you care about. If you need help, call your BHS Care Coordinator at 800-245-1150 to discuss your benefits and seek help.