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{From the Archives} Suicide Watch…

In recognition of suicide awareness month I am reposting this post from 2013.

Here are some signs of depression that may lead to suicide.

  1. Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  2. Loss of interest in daily activities
  3. Loss of appetite or binge eating
  4. Sleep changes (insomnia or over sleeping)
  5. Loss of energy or fatigued
  6. Self loathing (putting yourself down, low self worth)
  7. Loss of focus (at work or home recurring)


While scrolling my Facebook timeline I saw the image of Lee Thompson Young, the former star of late ’90s Disney Channel series The Famous Jett Jackson, and current star of one of my favorite TNT shows Rizzoli & Isles, the caption was about his self inflicted gunshot wound. He is dead. 
Although the following information is dated the numbers are daunting and I know they are higher today.
According to the CDC:

  • Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death for all ages in 2010.
  • There were 38,364 suicides in 2010 in the United 
  • States–an average of 105 each day.
  • Based on data about suicides in 16 National Violent 
  • Death Reporting System states in 2009, 33.3% of suicide decedents tested positive for alcohol, 23% for antidepressants, and 20.8% for opiates, including heroin and prescription pain killers.
  • Suicide results in an estimated $34.6 billion in combined medical and work loss costs.

Warning Signs of Suicide:

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or  having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or  in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden  to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about  seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
  • The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be what causes a suicide.

What to do if you see these signs:

  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Remove any fi rearms, alcohol,  drugs or sharp objects that could  be used in a suicide attempt
  • Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention  Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Take the person to an emergency  room or seek help from a medical  or mental health professional

My prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of this amazing young man. I pray that if you are feeling like there is no hope and your life isn’t worth living, that you would contact someone. Reach out to a family member, friend, clergy, your local hospital or even police station to get the help you need.

Until next time…

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