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At TELL we believe that suicide is preventable. Saving lives is something we can all do. Suicide is one of the most preventable causes of death facing our societies today. However, many of us feel uncomfortable talking about this topic, leaving most of us with insufficient and incorrect information about how to best support those in need. Most people who kill themselves display definite signals or talk about suicide, and most are depressed.
Our willingness to learn the signs and talk about depression and suicide is the first step in getting help to those in need and saving lives. Below is a list of the most common warning signs and risk factors.
Are you worried someone you know may be thinking about killing themselves? Have you noticed changes in their behavior? Perhaps you are not sure if they are joking, or want attention, or if something else is going on?
Look for these warning signs and learn how you can make a difference. The more signs you see, the greater the risk.
Many different situations and experiences can lead someone to consider suicide. Below are some of the known risk factors for suicide:
If you suspect someone may be feeling suicidal or struggling to cope, ask them – it could save their life. Suicide prevention depends heavily on our ability to recognize people who are in distress and may be at risk.
If you think they are in immediate danger please call the ambulance on 119 or police 110 – emergency numbers.
It takes an act of courage and compassion to reach out to a depressed or suicidal person.
“You seem really low and I’m worried about you. Are you thinking of ending your life?”
“Are you feeling so bad that you are thinking about suicide?”.
Links for more information on helping people who have suicidal thoughts
TELL has developed a range of workshops aimed at reducing the myths and stigmas surrounding suicide and providing skills we can all use to support someone in need. Saving lives is easy if you know how.
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