National suicide awareness month

Morgan Wilkerson

This story does discuss the risks associated with suicide.

If you or a loved one feels suicidal please call or text this 988. 

September was national suicide awareness month. Suicide can affect anyone of all ages. 

There are many factors that can lead to suicidal intention: the loss of a loved one (family friends or pets), a breakup or bad financial situation. Having a substance abuse problem with alcohol and/or drugs. Getting bullied can also play a big part.                

Warning signs of suicide:

(The signs don’t always mean someone is planning to commit suicide. If Notice signs are shown in a loved one it has to happen over a certain period of time. 

Immediate risk

If you feel or see a loved one act like this please talk to them and help them seek help.

  • Talking about wanting to die or killing oneself 
  • Looking for ways to kill themselves such as looking it up online or have a weapon to kill themselves with
    • Be aware that just because they have a weapon does not always mean then want to kill themselves.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless and having no reason to live
  • Giving away favorite possessions 

Serious risk

Pay attention if these behaviors are new or started showing up after a sad event such as a loved one passing.

  • Talking about feeling trapped and in unbearable pain 
  • Talking about being a burden to others 
  • Increasing the use of drugs and alcohol 
  • Acting more anxious and doing risky behaviors 
  • Sleeping too much or too little 
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated 
  • Showing rage and talking about seeking revenge 
  • Displaying extreme mood swings   

Myths of suicide 

  • Talking about suicide or asking someone if the suicide will encourage attempt it.
  • Young people who talk about suicide never attempt or die by suicide.
  • Suicide attempts happen without warning.
  • A person who has a failed suicide attempt will never attempt it again.
  • Only certain types of people become suicidal.


If you need help call or text 988 or you can go to the counselors 

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