Don't do it: Warning signs of suicidal thoughts

(image: WPMI) Don't do it: Warning signs of suicidal thoughts

With high profile people like Anthony Bourdain, Chris Cornell and Kate Spade taking their own lives recently, mental health is in the news, but not always for the right reasons. It’s well known that there is a stigma on mental health, but professionals are working to stop that.

Professional counselor Meredith Simmerman says there is one thing anyone can do. Instead of asking those who are struggling with depression to reach out and ask for help, reach out to those you love and check on them before it’s too late. “We need to notice people way beforehand,” Simmerman told NBC 15.

Lisa Renye shared her personal struggle with depression with us, saying she wants people to know that they aren’t alone.

“Depression can seem like you are weak, but I think that the strongest thing in the world is to turn around and tell someone that you have it, and to ask for help.”

Here are some warning signs to look for.

Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these, seek help by calling the Lifeline.

• Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves

• Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun

• Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live

• Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain

• Talking about being a burden to others

• Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs

• Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly

• Sleeping too little or too much

• Withdrawing or isolating themselves

• Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge

• Extreme mood swings

How Can You Help Them?

It can be scary when a friend or loved one is thinking about suicide. It's hard to know how a suicidal crisis feels and how to act. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) at any time for help if a friend is struggling.

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