Suicide

Jessica Winchel

Facts:

  • Suicide was the tenth most common cause of death in Wisconsin
  • 45% of suicides were by firearm.
  • Each suicide death was estimated to affect the life of six other people. This means nearly 4,000 Wisconsin residents were affected by a loved one's suicide.

Warning Signs:

  • Depression and hopelessness.
  • Lack of energy and zest for life.
  • Withdrawal from family, friends, and social activities.
  • Drop in grades or a poor student's new concern about grades, or trouble concentration.
  • Extreme sensitivity to what others say and do.
  • Increased risk-taking and other aggressive activity.
  • Personality changes such as apathy or moodiness.
  • A sudden upbeat mood, which can signal that the decision to attempt suicide has been made.
  • Neglect of or dramatic chance in appearance.
  • Rebellious behavior or running away.
  • Irrational or bizarre behavior.
  • Drug or alcohol use.
  • Violent actions.

How to Help:

  • Suicide can be prevented an in almost all cases the person is creaming for help.
  • Make sure to first show you care.
  • Get them professional help as soon as possible.
  • Talk directly to them about the problem and show empathy.
  • Stress the temporary nature of the problems.

What to do:

  • Make clear you understand their pain, but emphasize suicide is not the answer.
  • Ask if they have a specific pain; don't leave the person alone if you feel and immediate problem.
  • Do not agree to keep this meeting a secret.
  • Get them help asap!