Suicide.... Standing on the Edge?

By: Cassie Gaethke

Warning Signs

Think you know someone who's suicidal? These are some verbal warning signs: "I don't want to live anymore", "Nothing matters, who cares", "I want to die", "I wish I was dead", I won't have to put up with this much longer", "I just want to go to sleep and never wake up", or "What's the use?".

There are many other warning signs that are not verbal too: depression, hopelessness, anti social, lower grades, giving away items personal to them, danger actions, be moody, just stop caring about everything including their looks, grades, family, and/or friends, violent, rebellious, or start to drink alcohol and do drugs.
If you know someone who has most of these signs, you can help them.

It's not the only choice!

When you think all hope is gone

You can still help someone who is suicidal. Most suicidal people don't really want to die, but are really showing lots of warning signs and are screaming for help. Some ways you can help prevent it could be: show you care, talk directly, show empathy, help them to realize suicidal is not the answer, do not leave them alone, don't keep this a secret, and get help. All hope is not lost.

How can you help?

If you want to find a way to ask if someone is feeling suicidal these are some ways: "Do you ever wish you could go to sleep and never wake up?" or "Have you been unhappy lately?"

If you are feeling suicidal, you are not alone and there is help:

If someone you know is threatening to commit suicide, take it seriously:

  • Don't ever leave the person alone, and take away any guns, knives, medicine, or anything else they could use to try to commit suicide, and don't try to handle it alone. Don't keep it a secret, and get help from others.
  • Call 911
  • Always listen to what the person is saying, and make sure they know you care, understand, and will be there for them. Also, try to find out the plan that they are considering.
  • . If you know the person has swallowed poison or drugs, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. Be prepared with the name of the poison or drug used.

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You think you want to die, but in reality you just want to be saved.
Even one little act of kindness could go a long way. Speak up and reach out. Inspire hope. You could save a life.