Suicide Doesn’t Have to Happen
Suicide is a leading cause of death in every age group and in your community. In just the short time it takes to read this information, one more American will choose to die.
But suicide doesn’t have to happen! Depression is one of the leading causes of suicide. By learning how to recognize the warning signs of suicidal depression, and knowing what action to take, you can save the life of someone you love.
Depression doesn’t have to be fatal. Recent research on the brain shows that serious emotional problems have a biological cause. A chemical imbalance in the brain causes depressive illness. With medication and counseling, a person can manage their depression just as they can manage diabetes or high blood pressure.
Silence kills. It’s as simple as that. Because discussing suicide has been taboo, many people are afraid to admit how they feel, or if a friend does tell you of his or her intent, you may be asked to promise not to tell anyone. Never keep suicidal plans a secret. Get professional help and get it NOW! Tomorrow may be too late.
The Center for Mental Health provides a comprehensive suicide prevention program including SAFE:TEEN, QPR, and ASIST.
SAFE:TEEN (Suicide Awareness for Everyone) is a curriculum based program taught to middle and high school students so that they may recognize suicidal symptoms in their friends and know what to look for, know what to say, and know what to do to help prevent suicide. Click here to learn more about the SAFE:TEEN program.
QPR (Question Persuade Refer) is a training program offered by The Center which teaches the three steps that anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. To learn more about QPR click here.
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is for anyone who wants to feel comfortable, confident, and competent in helping prevent the immediate risk of suicide. To learn more about ASIST click here.
Suicide Intervention Guidelines is a powerful brochure to help prevent suicide. If you suspect someone may be suicidal, this guide will tell you in clear and easy terms what to say, what to do, and the community resources available to help. To read the Guidelines click here.
Another suicide prevention resource is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 800-273-TALK (8255) and their website www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Connect to their Facebook presence at: http://www.facebook.com/800273TALK
A valuable resource concerning Suicide - click here.
Article about a Craig, Colorado soldier who saved the life of a fellow suicidal soldier :