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Understanding Suicide


In the majority of cases, people who are feeling suicidal are dealing with conditions that will pass in time if only they can get the help that they need. In the meantime, there is much that friends and family members can do to help people who are depressed or contemplating suicide.

Know the Signs

Prevention first involves being able to recognize the warning signs of suicide, which can include:1

  • Talking about death or suicide
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Saying that they are a burden 
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Losing interest in activities
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Giving away possessions
  • Saying goodbye to family and friends

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