You CAN Help Prevent Suicide

There are many signs and symptoms of suicide. Knowing them might help save a life.

Ask, “Are you thinking of killing yourself?” This may seem like a difficult question and many fear that asking someone this question will put thoughts of suicide into their minds, but research indicates that asking individuals that are at risk of suicide does not increase the chance of suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts.

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Please note, the information in this post is not a replacement for personal medical advice.
By Kaitlin Lubahn, MA, LMFT

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. Knowing WHERE and HOW to get help can save lives.

If someone is exhibiting some of the symptoms discussed in the video below, it could be a sign they are thinking about suicide. 

Suicide warning signs

  • Talking about wanting to die or kill themselves or talking about feeling hopeless or empty.
  • Talking about feeling like a burden to others or having shame or guilt, or something they feel they can’t escape from.
  • Increased risky behavior such as using drugs and alcohol more often or taking action that could lead to death such as driving extremely fast.
  • Behavioral changes like withdrawing from loved ones, acting agitated or anxious, changing their sleeping or eating habits, and giving away important possessions.
  • Saying goodbye to family and friends and putting their affairs in order such as making a will.

If you notice these warning signs in someone you know or if they apply to you, please get help as soon as possible.

Getting Help.

Care and treatment is available to anyone having suicidal thoughts. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. This hotline is available 24 hours a day. You can also text the Crisis Text Line by texting HELLO to 741741 for free and confidential support around the clock. For support in your community, reach out to a local mental health provider like Covenant Family Solutions for help.

Additionally, you can check out our self-guided depression course. To view all of our self-guided courses, visit selfhelp.strengthenu.com.

Kaitlin Lubahn, MA, LMFT
Kaitlin Lubahn, MA, LMFT
Kaitlin is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with years of experience working with children, teens, adults, couples, and families. She has helped clients with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, couples issues, co-parenting, and grief. Kaitlin strives to help clients identify strengths in order to gain empowerment to make positive changes. Her approach is eclectic and she uses a variety of therapeutic techniques that are individualized to best suit the needs of each unique client.
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Kaitlin Lubahn, MA, LMFT
Kaitlin Lubahn, MA, LMFT
Kaitlin is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with years of experience working with children, teens, adults, couples, and families. She has helped clients with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, couples issues, co-parenting, and grief. Kaitlin strives to help clients identify strengths in order to gain empowerment to make positive changes. Her approach is eclectic and she uses a variety of therapeutic techniques that are individualized to best suit the needs of each unique client.
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