Crisis Information & Resources

 

Suicidal thoughts are TEMPORARY - Suicide is permanent.

Don’t give in to suicidal thoughts — you can overcome them.

 

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255

Always dial 911 if you’re in immediate danger of hurting yourself.

 

The symptoms of Depression and Bipolar Disorder may include feelings of intense sadness, hopelessness, quick changes in energy, drastic changes of appetite, changes in sleep patterns, inability to concentrate, decreased ability to perform one’s usual tasks, loss of interest in activities, and thoughts of death or suicide.

 

  • Mental disorders are not character flaws or signs of weakness.

  • Mental disorders will not “go away” if a person “has strong will” or “thinks positive.”

  • Mental disorders are medical conditions caused by changes in the chemistry of the brain.

 

Suicide can be prevented with the right kind of treatment and support. The act of suicide is often a desperate attempt to control the symptoms of a mood disorder. During a severe depression or manic episode, a person has little or no control over painful and disturbing thoughts and feelings.

 

Warning signs of Suicide

 

  • Unbearable feelings: extreme feelings of hopelessness, despair, self-doubt.

  • Taking care of business: making end of life plans, preparing wills, giving away valued possessions.

  • Rehearsing suicide: discussing suicide methods, purchasing weapons or acquiring large quantities of medication.

  • Drug or alcohol use: can cause impulsive behaviors

  • Isolation: cutting off social connections with friends, family, quitting job.

  • Sudden sense of calm: a person who was recently feeling upset or hopeless suddenly seems very calm and settled. It might be a sign      that he or she has decided on a plan to complete suicide.

 

Are you feeling suicidal?

 

  • Discuss with your doctor if you are thinking of suicide. These thoughts are not true and they are not your fault.  Don’t let fear, shame or embarrassment stand in the way of communication with your physician, therapist, family, or friends: tell someone right now.

  • Tell a trusted family member, friend, or other support person.  Try not to be alone when you feel this way.

  • Get help.  Tell your health care professional.  Suicidal thinking can be treated.  When suicidal thoughts occur, they are your signal that you need help.

  • Know that you can get through this and learn to effectively manage your mood disorder.

  • Promise yourself you will overcome these feelings for another day, hour, minute, or whatever you can and get help.