If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.
The National Hopeline Network supports a national suicide hotline clearinghouse in hopes that anyone who is struggling with thoughts of suicide can call first.
Each year more than 34,000 individuals take their own life, leaving behind thousands of friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of their loss. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adults in the U.S. and the 3rd leading cause of death among adolescents.
Suicidal thoughts or behaviors are both damaging and dangerous and are therefore considered a psychiatric emergency. Someone experiencing these thoughts should seek immediate assistance from a health or mental health care provider.
In order to change our culture, we have to start with a common language, and learn the Five Signs. http://www.changedirection.org/
NAMI of Lake County does not endorse these organizations or provide medical recommendations.
Hopelessness can be a powerful liar. It tells people that they are alone, and makes people feel isolated, even if they are surrounded with love and support. In this state of mind, telling someone they are not alone can feel like a lie, too.
People who are thinking about suicide often don’t feel comfortable saying so. Their loved ones don’t know how to bring the topic up, or if they should. But there is hope: there are things we can do to help, and signs we can look out for.
NAMI Lake County Illinois can help. We can help both people experiencing crisis and the people who are worried about them. We are here to listen and help you make a plan.
Call 1-800-273-8255 or if this is an emergency, call 911 and ask for a CIT-trained officer.
Research has found that about 90% of individuals who die by suicide experience mental illness. Oftentimes it is undiagnosed or untreated. Experiencing a mental illness is the number one risk factor for suicide.
A number of things may put a person at risk of suicide:
Identifying the suicide warning signs is the first step towards protecting your loved one.
• Threats or comments about killing themselves, also known as suicidal ideation, can begin with seemingly harmless thoughts like “I wish I wasn’t here” but can become more overt and dangerous
• Increased alcohol and drug use
• Aggressive behavior. A person who’s feeling suicidal may experience higher levels of aggression and rage than they are used to.
• Social withdrawal from friends, family and the community.
• Dramatic mood swings indicate that your loved one is not feeling stable and may feel suicidal.
• Preoccupation with talking, writing or thinking about death.
• Impulsive or reckless behavior.
Red Flag Statements:
NAMI Lake County IL believes that healing is possible. Psychotherapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy, can help a person with thoughts of suicide recognize unhealthy patterns of thinking and behavior, validate troubling feelings, and learn coping skills. Medication can be used if necessary to treat underlying depression and anxiety and can lower a person’s risk of hurting themselves. Depending on the person’s mental health diagnosis, other medications can be used to alleviate symptoms.