As many as 75% of those who kill themselves give some warning of their intentions. The most effective way to prevent suicide is to learn how to recognize the signs of someone at risk, take those sign seriously, and know how to respond to them.
The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare has created an excellent infographic regarding suicide prevention.
The Jason Foundation offers a free smart phone app that helps provide the information, tools and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide.
|Low mood||Fatigue or loss of energy|
|Change in sleep (too much/little)||Diminished ability to think or concentrate|
|Change in appetite or weight||Feelings of worthlessness or self-reproach|
|Low motivation and activity level||Thoughts of death or suicide|
|Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities||Feelings of hopelessness or desperation|
|Withdrawal from family and friends||Boredom or apathy|
|Increased alcohol or drug use||Irritability, anger and interpersonal conflict|
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