Suicide Prevention – Together in Safety

Suicide Prevention

Everyone can play a role in Suicide Prevention. Suicide is preventable.

Suicide is usually the result of multiple factors. Knowing the signs of risk and what resources are available to you and your loved ones can be an essential step in preventing self-harm and suicide.

Warning Signs of Acute Suicide Risk
The following are not always communicated directly or outwardly:

— Threatening to hurt or kill him or herself,themself or talking of wanting to hurt or kill themself; and or,
— Looking for ways to kill themself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means; and,
— Access to lethal means
— Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary.

Additional Warning Signs Include:

— Increased substance (alcohol or drug) use
— No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life
— Depressed or sad mood
— Anxiety, agitation
— Unable to sleep or sleeping all of the time
— Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out
— Hopelessness
— Withdrawal from friends, family and society
— Rage, uncontrolled anger
— Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, especially a change from usual
— Dramatic mood changes
— Giving away prized possessions or seeking long-term care for pets (Source)

It is also important to recognize people’s strengths and build upon these to prevent suicide.

Some known strengths and protective factors for suicide include:
— Good coping and problem solving skills
— Good mental and physical health
— Social connection – friendships, relationships
— Access to trauma informed health services
— Spiritual and cultural beliefs that discourage suicide
— Limited access to lethal means

Suicide and Firearms

According to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, over a 15 -year period, more than two-thirds of all gun-related deaths in Ontario were suicides. This impacted primarily older men living in rural areas

Suicide is often an act of sudden impulse. Safe storage of firearms and separating the gun from the ammunition is one prevention method – Dr. David Gomez (source)

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