World Suicide Prevention Day 2019

To­day, Sep­tem­ber 10, around the globe we recog­nise World Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Day 2019.

This day comes with much sad­ness for many, think­ing about the ones that have been lost to men­tal ill­ness which is preva­lent in to­day’s so­ci­ety. It is im­por­tant to make your­self aware of the warn­ing signs.

 

Ac­cord­ing to Sui­cide Aware­ness Voic­es of Ed­u­ca­tion (SAVE), here are a few warn­ing signs you can look out for:

Talk­ing about want­i­ng to die or to kill one­self;

Look­ing for a way to kill one­self;

Talk­ing about feel­ing hope­less or hav­ing no pur­pose;

Talk­ing about feel­ing trapped or be­ing in un­bear­able pain;

Talk­ing about be­ing a bur­den to oth­ers;

In­creas­ing the use of al­co­hol or drugs;

Act­ing anx­ious, ag­i­tat­ed, or reck­less;

Sleep­ing too lit­tle or too much;

With­draw­ing or feel­ing iso­lat­ed;

Show­ing rage or talk­ing about seek­ing re­venge; and

Dis­play­ing ex­treme mood swings.

If you no­tice any of these signs, the best thing to do is ACT—Ac­knowl­edge, Care and Treat­ment. Ac­cord­ing to stopa­sui­cide.org here are the steps that you can take.

AC­KNOWL­EDGE

Do take it se­ri­ous­ly. If you recog­nise warn­ing signs in your friend or loved one, it is very im­por­tant to take them se­ri­ous­ly. In fact, the ma­jor­i­ty of peo­ple who die by sui­cide gave some in­di­ca­tion of their in­ten­tion to those close to them.

CARE

Do voice your con­cern. Take the ini­tia­tive to ask what is trou­bling your friend or loved one, and at­tempt to over­come any re­luc­tance on their part to talk about it.

TREAT­MENT

Do get pro­fes­sion­al help im­me­di­ate­ly. If your friend or loved one is ex­hibit­ing any sui­ci­dal warn­ing signs, as­sist them by con­tact­ing a men­tal health pro­fes­sion­al, or the Na­tion­al Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Life­line.

Sui­cide Help Re­sources ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Health

LIFE­LINE (24 hr hot­line)

6452800

Face­book” life­linett

ALIVE (sui­cide hot­line)

800-5588/866-5433

And 220-3636

Men­tal Health Unit

(In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre)

285-9126 ext. 2577, 2571, 2571, 2590

Mon­day - Fri­day 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Emer­gency Care Re­sources

St. Ann’s Psy­chi­atric Hos­pi­tal

St. Ann’s Road, St. Ann’s

624-1151-5

Men­tal Health Unit

(NCRHA/EWM­SC)

Uri­ah But­ler High­way, Champ Fleurs

645-3232 ext 2542

San Fer­nan­do Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal, Ward One

In­de­pen­dence Av­enue, San Fer­nan­do

652-3581 ext 3221

Reporter: Danielle Da Silva

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