Sep
28
2015

The Warning Signs of Suicide

  1. A history of suicide (i.e. at least one suicide attempt or gesture).
  2. Suicidal threats (i.e. statements such as “I’m going to kill myself”, or “I might as well be dead”).
  3. Preoccupation with death (i.e. ,making final arrangements, giving away prized possessions, or frequently talking about death).
  4. Changes in behavior, thoughts or feelings (i.e. social withdrawal, lose of interest in activities or hobbies, increased risk-taking behaviors, crying easily for seemingly no reason, and abrupt changes in appearance).
  5. Stress (such as intolerable loss of something or someone important in their life, physical or sexual abuse, or any event that may cause a feeling of worthlessness).

Never take any of these warning signs lightly. If you are not sure of what to do please seek advice. Remember-taking action can save a life!

 I would like to share with you a poem from the works of Frank L. Mills Jr.

GOODBYE 

I can’t take this another day,
I’ve lost the will to fight and stay.
I tried so hard to stay afloat,
While no one saw my battered boat.
I feel so bad, I feel so small,
I have no choice but end it all.
(by Frank L. Mills, Jr., author of Little Angels: Crying Beyond Tearlessness)