IF YOU ARE IN CRISIS, WHETHER YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT SUICIDE OR NOT, CALL THE 24/7 LIFELINE:
Press 1 if you are a veteran
Virginia Suicide Prevention Crisis Centers:
Crisis Link: Arlington, VA 22204.
Crisis Center: Bristol, VA 24203.
Helpline ACTS: Dumfries, VA 22026.
90% of all people who die by suicide have a treatable mental illness. Know the warning signs and risks! The risk of suicide is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these signs, seek help as soon as possible by calling the Lifeline.
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun.
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
- Sleeping too little or too much.
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings.
Risk Factors for Suicide:
- Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and certain personality disorders.
- Alcohol and other substance use disorders.
- Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies.
- History of trauma or abuse.
- Major physical illnesses.
- Previous suicide attempt.
- Family history of suicide.
- Job or financial loss.
- Loss of relationship.
- Easy access to lethal means.
- Lack of social support and sense of isolation.
- Stigma associated with asking for help.
- Lack of health care, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment.
- Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma.
- Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and Internet).
Reference: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (2012), www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org