Suicide awareness and help

September is suicidal awareness month. Most of us have some connection to suicide whether it is 1st or 3rd person connection. Suicidal warning signs include- isolation, lack of sleep, loss of interest in things, lack of pleasure, negative self thinking, suicidal thoughts/communication, big change in mood (usually calm and positive right before attempt). I have had clients from 6-58 years old talk to me about feeling suicidal. It’s important to take every comment and sign seriously. Every person is unique and has their own personal needs and thoughts. However, a common theme with individuals feeling suicidal is feeling alone, hopeless and helpless.
I work with clients to learn coping skills, express feelings and provide emotional support. We collaborate in creating a safety plan and how to move out of the “emotional trench” they at currently in.
It’s important not to try an “treat” a suicidal person yourself, they need professional help and assessments. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts please get immediate help by calling National Suicidal Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 and get professional mental health support.

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