HOUGHTON, Mich. (WJMN) – Dial Help, a nonprofit crisis center located in Houghton and serving the entire Upper Peninsula, is raising awareness about suicide warning signs and resources for prevention.
Based on Dial Help, the signs that someone is committing suicide can vary from person to person. Here are some common warning signs:
- Talk about wanting to die or commit suicide
- Looking for ways to kill yourself, like searching online or buying a gun
- Talk about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talk about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talk about being a burden to others
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated; behave recklessly
- Sleep too little or too much
- Withdraw or self-isolate
- Expressing anger or talking about seeking revenge
- Mood swings
- Sudden change to a positive/euphoric mood when giving things away or making similar arrangements
Dial Help suggests the best way to help is to ask directly, “Are you thinking about suicide?” They say you may have to ask multiple times because people with suicidal thoughts may be embarrassed or scared. Suggestions are to try using a calm, non-judgmental voice and keep eye contact.
If you find someone you believe could commit suicide, Dial Help advise you to let the person know that it may be safe to talk to you about suicide.
- Be empathetic rather than turning the conversation into yourself and your experiences.
- Remember, something that may not seem like a big deal to you can be extremely difficult for someone else.
- Let this person vent the emotions in their chest.
- Above all, don’t judge them. It takes a lot of courage to talk about feeling suicidal, and feeling judged is a major reason people keep those feelings to themselves.
Connect with Help
Dial Help says to help someone identify at least one other person to talk to and accompany them to talk to that person or help them make a phone call. You can give them resource and website phone numbers. If someone is in immediate danger of suicide, Dial Help says take them to the hospital or contact the police for assistance.
- Dial 24/7 Help by calling 906-482-HELP (or toll free 800-562-7622)
- Messaging 35NEEDS (906-356-3337)
- Chat online at www.dialhelp.org
Community members and professionals interested in getting involved in suicide prevention locally can contact their Community of Care (CTC) coalition at www.upctc.com.
Professionals can network and find information for the Upper Peninsula Suicide Prevention Coalition at www.dialhelp.org/upscp.
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