Suicide Awareness: Know the Signs

EMR-105344 Know the Signs

suicide awareness: know the signs

September is Suicide Awareness & Prevention Month. Suicide can, and does impact persons of all ages, gender, race, and rank. We can make a difference by being there for each other. Make sure you know the warning signs so you can take action if someone is thinking about suicide or self harm.

verbal warning signs

  • Talking of wanting to die or just “not be here anymore”
  • Expressing feelings of hopelessness
  • Expressing feelings of great guilt or shame
  • Expressing feelings of being trapped or unable to change their life situation

behavioral warning signs

  • Isolating self from others
  • Losing interest in normally enjoyable activities
  • Significant and lasting mood changes
  • Increased/new use of alcohol or drugs

factors that can increase risk

  • Losing a loved one through divorce, death, or break up
  • Trauma experience or history of trauma
  • Current or history of substance abuse
  • Work problems (performance, conduct, relationships)

What to do if you suspect someone may be in trouble

LISTEN TO YOUR GUT INSTINCT - If it feels scary or concerning, act on it.
  • Talk to them, tell them your concerns
  • Ask if the person would like to talk (to you or someone else) about what is going on
  • If you’re not sure how to approach the person, ask someone else to help you

help is available

  • Community Counseling Program: 253-6553
  • Branch Health Clinic Behavioral Health: 255-8331
  • Chaplain: 253-3371
  • Military Family Life
  • Counselors
  • Chain of Command
  • OSCAR Team Member
  • Suicide Prevention Program Officer

If you’re not sure where to go, remember there is no wrong door. #BeThereIwakuni