Recognize The Warning Signs of Suicide

The following warning signs most directly indicate the individual needs immediate intervention. If someone exhibits any of these warning signs, call the Lifeline at 

1-800-273-8255, or call 911, or take the person to the nearest hospital Emergency Room. 

WARNING SIGNS

* Threatening to hurt/kill him or herself, talking about harming him or herself, or announcing that he/she has made a plan to kill him or herself.

* Obtaining a weapon or other items that they could use to hurt themselves.

* Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide.

* Giving away prized possessions.

* Neglecting their appearance and hygiene.

 Listen for statements like:

    * Nobody cares.

    * Everyone will be better off without me.

    * I wish I were dead.

    * I'm going to end it all.

    * You will be better off without me.

    * What's the point of living?

    * Soon you won't have to worry about me.

    * Who cares if I'm dead, anyway?

 Other warning signs may include:

     *Hopelessness

     *Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge

     *Increased alcohol or drug use

     *Withdrawing from family and friends

     *Anxiety, agitation, being unable to sleep or sleeping all the time

     *Dramatic mood changes

     *Expressing feelings that life is meaningless or that there is no reason to live

     *Insomnia

     *Feeling desperate or trapped -- like there's no way out

     *Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life

     *Diagnosed with a mental illness, particularly Depression, Bipolar Disorder, or Schizophrenia.

REMEMBER: The risk of suicide may be greatest as the person's depression begins to lift.

And Learn QPR*  Question, Persuade, and Refer

3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR save lives from suicide.

QPR is a simple educational program that teaches ordinary citizens how to recognize a mental health emergency and how to get a person at risk the help they need. In a cardiac crisis, the difference between recognizing and acting where there is chest discomfort before it becomes crushing chest pain can mean the between life and death.

In a suicide crisis, the difference between recognizing and acting where there are vague ideas of suicide before these lead to a self-inflicted injury, can mean the difference between life and death.

Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor by learning QPR

QPR is taught in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour.  QPR class size are limited to no more than 25 people.  Ask your Church, Social Club, Civic Group, Family, Friends to host a training.

Sign up now for QPR Training. There is no cost to you or your Church, your Club, Civic Group, Family, Friends for QPR Training and for any of the QPR training materials you will receive. The trainer's expenses and the all QPR materials you will receive has been paid for by donations from people who do no want you, your family or friends traveling the road the survivors are on.

To request training contact Steve Ulrich at Steve@NAEF.org

Make a Donation to help train people in QPR

* The QPR Institute is a multidisciplinary training organization whose primary goal is to provide suicide prevention educational services and materials to professionals and the general public. We offer state-of-the-art programs to institutions that want to increase their standard of care and reduce the suicide rate. To learn more about the QPR Institute visit www.QPRInstitute.com

 

Emerson Drive "Moments" 

The song / video is about a man that felt his life was no longer worth living. A homeless man intervened and the man is alive today because he did.    The story is true.

Emerson Drive has given NAEF permission to use the video to bring awareness to suicide prevention.  Suicide deaths are preventable.

Emerson Drive "Moments"                                                              Nathan Alan Eisert Foundation

© Stephen Ulrich 2013