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Suicide Prevention Cleveland

In the US, suicide has become a major public health concern. Each year more than 41,000 people commit suicide in the country. In fact, suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth between 15 to 24 years of age.

Suicidal thoughts are basically the result of feeling that makes an individual feel he/she can’t cope with life challenges. It results when the individual loses all hope and considers suicide as the best way to get away from the worries of life. Research also suggests that there may be a genetic link to suicide as well. Individuals who commit suicide, attempt or have suicidal thoughts are more likely to have a family history of suicide.

Warning Signs of Suicide

Suicide Prevention Cleveland

Though a person considering committing suicide will never ask for help but it doesn’t mean that help in not wanted. Most suicidal individuals before committing suicide give warning signs or signals of their intentions.

And the best way to prevent him/her from doing so is to recognize these warning signs and know how to respond to it. These include:

  • Talking about suicide - making statements like ‘ I wish I were dead’ or ‘I’m going to kill myself’
  • Social withdrawal
  • Mood swings
  • Finding means to take his/her own life such as stockpiling pills or buying a gun
  • No hope for the future
  • Indulging in drug abuse
  • Doing self-destructive things like reckless driving
  • Developing personality changes
  • Self hatred

Suicide Risk Factors

Suicide does not discriminate between gender, ages and ethnicities. But individuals most at risk share some common characteristics. These include:

  • Mental illness such as depression
  • Traumatic events like death of a beloved, family violence or sexual abuse
  • Being exposed to others suicidal behavior like a family member, media figure or peer
  • Family dysfunction or stress

Suicide Prevention in Cleveland

If you’ve spotted warning signs in your teen and you think your teen may be considering suicide, then don’t leave him/her alone. Here’s what you should do:

Talk to Your Child and Lend an Empathetic Listening Ear

How To Prevent Suicide

Speak up and show your child that you care and that there is hope. You may feel uncomfortable talking about it and may wonder what if your child gets angry or you are wrong but remember you need to take this step to prevent your child from committing suicide.

Allow your child to express his or her feelings. This will help him/her vent out and provide relief from loneliness and more importantly pent up negative feelings that lead to suicidal thoughts.

When talking about suicidal, don’t lash out on your child as it will make him/her rebellious. Start your conversation with a caring tone and positive attitude.

Respond Quickly

Steps to Prevent Suicide

If your child tells you that he/she is thinking of suicide, then it is important that you evaluate the immediate danger the person is in and respond quickly. Studies show that those at the highest risk of committing suicide have a specific suicidal plan in mind, the means to carry it and a time set for doing it.  Therefore it’s extremely important to assess the danger and take action.

If a suicide attempt seems imminent, it is important that you take the person to an emergency room and make sure you remove all the harmful weapons and lethal objects in his/her surroundings and don’t leave him/her alone.

Consider Professional Help and Support

Get Help Cleveland

Schedule your child’s appointment with a professional. A professional has the experience and expertise to deal with such individuals with care and can prescribe the right treatment based on the diagnosis. For professional help, get in touch with ‘Let’s Talk Jenna’. Here we listen, talk and provide help to teenagers. Call us on our toll free number 800-4-1-VOICE (86423) ext 359.

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