Suicide Prevention Week: September 5 – 11

  • September 8, 2021

Suicide Prevention Week is September 5, 2021 – September 11, 2021. Get informed and involved! Everyone can play a part in raising awareness about suicide prevention.

Any one of these signs does not necessarily mean the person is considering suicide, but several of these symptoms may signal a need for help:

  • Verbal suicide threats such as, “You’d be better off without me.” or “Maybe I won’t be around”
  • Expressions of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Daring or risk-taking behavior
  • Personality changes
  • Depression
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Lack of interest in future plans

If You Think Someone Is Considering Suicide:

  • Trust your instincts that the person may be in trouble
  • Talk with the person about your concerns. Communication needs to include LISTENING
  • Ask direct questions without being judgmental. Determine if the person has a specific plan to carry out the suicide. The more detailed the plan, the greater the risk
  • Get professional help, even if the person resists
  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Do not swear to secrecy
  • Do not act shocked or judgmental
  • Do not counsel the person yourself

This information provided by Mental Health America

Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1800-273-(TALK) 8255

AccessHealth’s Behavioral Health services are available at our Richmond, Missouri City and Brookshire Centers. Services are offered in English and Spanish to children, teenagers, and adults. We accept Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance, as well as offer a sliding fee scale based on income and family size.