September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month. Kewaunee County UW-Extension has compiled information and resources to help educate and inform.
Warning Signs of Suicidal Behavior
These signs may mean that someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if the behavior is new, or has increased, and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change:
- Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself
- Looking for a way to kill oneself
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings
What You Can Do
If you believe someone may be thinking about suicide:
- Ask them if they are thinking about killing themselves. (This will not put the idea into their head or make it more likely that they will attempt suicide.)
- Listen without judging and show you care.
- Stay with the person (or make sure the person is in a private, secure place with another caring person) until you can get further help.
- Remove any objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.
- Call SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and follow their guidance.
- If danger for self-harm seems imminent, call 911.
Resources for Veterans
Combat Call Center: 1-877-WARVETS (927-8387)
National Crisis Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
The Defense Department BeThere Peer Support Call and Outreach Center provides targeted help for any area of life to active duty, National Guard and reserve members and their families. The call and outreach center is staffed by veterans and military spouses and is available 24/7/365 by phone, text or live chat.
Call: 844-357-PEER (7337)
National Youth Suicide Hotline
Kewaunee County Crisis Support