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  • Suicide Prevention Month Newsletter

    Suicide Prevention Month Newsletter

    Risk factors are characteristics that make it more likely that someone will consider, attempt or complete suicide. They can’t cause or predict a suicide attempt, but they are important to be aware of.
    Risk Factors can include the following:
    -Mental health disorders, particularly mood like depression and anxiety disorders
    -Hopelessness
    -Feeling of worthlessness, being bullied, social isolation
    -History of trauma or abuse
    -Previous suicide attempt or family history of suicide
    -Loss of a relationships or someone close to them

    Most youth who are contemplating taking their life demonstrate observable actions to their suicidal thinking. These may include the following:
    -Talking about wanting to harm, die or kill themselves
    -Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online
    -Talking about feeling hopeless, depressed, having no reason to live or being in unbearable pain (for at least 2 weeks or more)
    -Having a difficult time concentrating or having a difficult time in school
    -Extreme mood swings
    -Acting impatient or impulsive; behaving recklessly
    -Increased use of drugs and alcohol
    -Isolating or withdrawing from people and social activities
    -Changes in sleep and eating habits
    -Giving away favorite things, writing or art dealing with death

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