This week is National Suicide Prevention Week, which helps raise awareness of the resources available to those who are feeling anxiety and depression that could lead to suicide.
Some warning signs of suicide can include:
Talking about being a burden to others
Intense mood swings
Withdrawing from their normal routine
Behaving unlike themselves, sometimes recklessly
A rise in their drug or alcohol use
National and local events are being held throughout the week including ribbon awareness day, a live Twitter chat today and many other opportunities to get involved and help your loved ones.
Join the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for a Twitter chat today at 2 p.m. ET. Dr. Lisa Horowitz, a senior clinician on the Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison Service in NIMH’s Office of the Clinical Director, will be chatting live. She developed a suicide screening tool that emergency department doctors and nurses can use to detect youth at risk for attempting suicide.
To join the chat, follow along on Twitter @MIMHgov and use the #NIMHchats hashtag.
If you or someone you know has talked about suicide or is thinking about committing suicide and needs help please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).