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Learn About Suicide Prevention

GOLDSBORO, September 11, 2012 – Suicide Prevention Week is this week, September 9-15, 2012.

In the United States, one person dies by suicide every 14.2 minutes. In North Carolina, more than 1,000 individuals die from suicide each year and more than 14,000 are treated or hospitalized for self-inflicted wounds.

Often, there may be signs that someone is at risk. Learn to recognize the following warning signs for suicide. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these warning signs, seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or by calling the Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Suicide Warning Signs Include:

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing their use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Giving away their possessions
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

Resources:

Treatment for mental health conditions is available locally at WMH. Please call 919-731-6255 for further assessment. 

For outpatient consultation by a private practice, please call Wayne Health Psychiatric Services at (919) 587-4051.

The North Carolina Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:  1-800-273-8255. The hotline is staffed with trained professionals who can help with a wide range of issues including substance abuse, economic worries, relationship and family problems, sexual orientation, illness, trauma from abuse, bullying, depression, mental and physical illness, and even loneliness.

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