1-800-273-8255… this is the suicide hotline number.
Suicide has become a much larger topic over the past week, after losing fashion designer Kate Spade and television personality Anthony Bourdain.
According to an article published by CBS news, Montana is ranked as the 2nd highest state for suicides in the nation.
In order to change this statistic there are a couple things we can all do to help.
First and foremost, before you notice the signs, look at the risk factors.
Risk factors are the events in someone's life that can potentially trigger thoughts of suicide, including:
• Job or financial loss
• Relationship loss
• Sense of isolation
• Major physical illness
• Alcohol or substance abuse
Following the risk factor observation, look into the signs that signify someone is possibly considering suicide:
• Extreme mood swings
• Becoming more isolated
• Talking down on themselves
• Increase in alcohol and/or drug use
• Talking about feeling trapped or in pain
The biggest thing you can do is to listen and be observant.
It might not be a comfortable topic to talk about, but it’s one that needs to be brought from out of the shadows into the light.
Be that shoulder to cry on and that hand to help someone .up when they're down.
If you know someone who might be suicidal, talk to them. Give them the suicide hotline number: 1-800-273-8255.
For more information and a full list of risk factors and signs, head to: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/how-we-can-all-prevent-suicide/