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with neighboring mental health specialists, therapists, and
activists cannot be underestimated, as these resources will
hopefully give way to a brighter future for our patients. These
children need to know that they are not alone and there is
help to be found. Banding together, being well informed,
and showing support anyway we can, are just a couple of
steps we can take to ensure the wellbeing of our children.

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If you or someone you know is in danger, please contact
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273TALK (1-800-273-8255). In Delaware County you can call
Delaware County Crisis Connections Team, the mobile crisis
team providing 24-hour response - (855) 889-7827. If you
are interested is supporting suicide prevention check out
the Delaware County Suicide Prevention & Awareness Task
Force at www.delcosuicideprevention.org . Nationally, the
American foundation for Suicide Prevention at www.afsp.org

People who are considering suicide often
display one or more of the following moods:
* Depression
* Loss of interest
* Rage
* Irritability
* Humiliation
* Anxiety

Risk Factors and Warning Signs
From the American Foundation
for Suicide Prevention
What leads to suicide?

There's no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs
when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone
suffering from a mental health condition. Depression is the
most common condition associated with suicide, and it is
often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression,
anxiety and substance problems, especially when unaddressed,
increase risk for suicide. Yet it's important to note that most
people who actively manage their mental health conditions
lead fulfilling lives.

Suicide Warning Signs

Something to look out for when concerned that a person may
be suicidal is a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors. This is of sharpest concern if the new or
changed behavior is related to a painful event, loss, or change.
Most people who take their lives exhibit one or more warning
signs, either through what they say or what they do.

Talk

If a person talks about:
* Being a burden to others
* Feeling trapped
* Experiencing unbearable pain
* Having no reason to live
* Killing themselves

Withdrawing from activities
Isolating from family and friends
Sleeping too much or too little
Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
Giving away prized possessions
Aggression

Mood

Suicide Risk Factors

Risk factors are characteristics or conditions that increase the
chance that a person may try to take their life.

Health Factors
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Mental health conditions
Depression
Bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder
Schizophrenia
Borderline or antisocial personality disorder
Conduct disorder
Psychotic disorders, or psychotic
symptoms in the context of any disorder
Anxiety disorders
Substance abuse disorders
Serious or chronic health condition and/or pain

Environmental Factors
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Stressful life events which may include a death,
divorce, or job loss
Prolonged stress factors which may include harassment,
bullying, relationship problems, and unemployment
Access to lethal means including firearms and drugs
Exposure to another person's suicide, or to graphic or
sensationalized accounts of suicide

Historical Factors
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Previous suicide attempts
Family history of suicide attempts

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Behavior

Specific things to look out for include:
* Increased use of alcohol or drugs
* Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching
online for materials or means
* Acting recklessly

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