Sometimes problems seem like they are impossible to solve for a variety of different reasons. Sometimes we are not even fully aware a problem is building up…we just know something is wrong. When events or issues seem to grow beyond what we believe we can manage, even the strongest individuals may think about suicide. Yet suicide is not the answer; it is never the answer. Are you, or someone you know, at risk for suicide? Seek help if you notice any of the following warning signs:
- Threatening or looking to hurt or kill self
- Trying to get pills, guns, or other means to harm oneself
- Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide
- Feeling hopeless
- Experiencing rage, uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
- Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities
- Feeling trapped, like there’s no way out
- Abusing drugs or alcohol
- Withdrawing from friends or family
- Having dramatic changes in mood
- Feeling like there is no reason for living, no sense of purpose in life
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Giving away possessions
If you are experiencing any of these warning signs, the first thing to do is ask for help. It’s your call! Asking for help can be as easy as picking up the phone and calling the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and pressing Option 1. The crisis line is staffed around the clock, 365 days a year by trained professionals who know how to get you the help you need. Veterans or concerned family members may call the crisis line. You may also call the Marion VA Suicide Prevention Team at 1-866-289-3300, ext 54325, during normal business hours for assistance.
Join us for a candlelight vigil, Saturday, September 10th from 7:30pm-8:30pm at the Marion VA Medical Center’s Outdoor Pavilion. If someone in your life has been lost to suicide or if you wish to help stop suicides, please join us for a brief ceremony to light a candle and overcome the dark.