Suicide is 100% Preventable

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 800,000 people die by suicide each year in the world. Experts believe that most suicidal individuals do not want to die. They just want to end the pain they are experiencing.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds.
Being there for someone at risk for suicide can be life-saving. Isolation can increase the risk of suicide, while a strong support system can help protect against it.
An estimated 4.8 million Americans are survivors of suicide of a friend, family member or loved one. Reach out with a sympathetic, non-judgmental ear to those bereaved by suicide.

Prevent Suicide - Reach Out and Save Lives!!
September 7th through September 13th is National Suicide Prevention Week. Please join Bergen's Promise in supporting suicide prevention. Together we can reduce the number of lives shaken by a needless and tragic death.

Signs that Someone is at Risk for Suicide
The first three should prompt you to immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or a mental health professional.

1. Talking about wanting to die, "wishing" one were dead or making statements about killing oneself.

2. Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.

3. Exploring ways to kill oneself, such as searching for methods online or buying a gun.

Other behaviors may also indicate a serious risk--especially if the behavior is new; has increased; and/or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change.
Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
Talking about being a burden to others.
Increasing one's use of alcohol or drugs.
Appearing anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly with little regard to one's future or safety.
Changes in one's sleeping habits.
Becoming withdrawn, reserved or isolated.
Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
Displaying extreme mood swings.
Source: The Warning Signs for Suicide. July 2014. Suicide Prevention Resource Center supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under Grant No. 5U79SM059945.

If you, or someone you know is in crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255