“I don’t want to live anymore.”
I’ve been a counselor for over a decade and those words still send a shock through my system every time I hear them. When those we care for are considering suicide it’s a frightening experience. Despite this, we know that suicide rates are on the rise. It’ the 2nd leading cause of death between ages 15-35 and there has been a 30% increase in deaths by suicide since 1999. 1
These numbers suggest that most of us know someone that has or is contemplating suicide and it’s important that we know the common behavioral signs. The CDC mentions 12 common warning signs to be aware of:
1. feeling like a burden
2. being isolated
3. increased anxiety
4. feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
5. increased substance use
6. looking for a way to access lethal means to hurt oneself or others
7. increased anger or rage
8. extreme mood swings
9. expressing hopelessness
11. talking or posting on social media about the desire to die
12. making plans for suicidal behavior
So what do we do if someone we know is considering suicide? The National Suicide Prevention Hotline campaign, #BeThe1To recommends 5 action steps:2
Lastly, care for yourself as well! It’s hard when those we care about are in pain and we often forget to ask ourselves “What do I need to care for ME when I’m caring for the other?” It’s ok that it makes you feel worn down, that you might need extra rest, nurture, compassion. Give it to yourself! It is possible to care for ourselves deeply while we care for others deeply. September is Suicide awareness month. Take advantage of some of the trainings and online resources in your area so you will be better prepared to help someone you care about during crisis.
This blog was provided to us and wonderfully written by Sara Hopkins, Director of Counseling Services at Trevecca Nazarene University.
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|Quilted Cotton||10 lb|
|Quilted Cotton||15 lb|
|Quilted Cotton||20 lb|
|Quilted Cotton||N / A|
|Flannel||N / A|
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