School-based Initiatives: Suicide Prevention
SUICIDE WARNING SIGNSSuicide warning signs are not always obvious. Some people make their intentions clear, while others keep suicidal thoughts and feelings secret.
- Talking or writing about suicide. Making statements such as, “I’m going to kill myself,” “I wish I was dead,” or “I am just so tired of life”.
- Buying guns or knives, or stockpiling pills
- Withdrawing from social contact
- Severe mood swings
- Thinking constantly about death, dying or violence
- Depression or a sense of hopelessness
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Changing normal routine, including eating and sleeping patterns
- Doing risky or self-destructive things, such as using drugs or driving recklessly
- Giving away belongings or getting affairs in order
- Saying goodbye to people as if for the last time
- Personality changes, such as an outgoing person becoming withdrawn, or a well-behaved person suddenly acting rebellious
OTHER RISK FACTORS
- Stress over school, relationships, expectations
- Previous suicide attempts — almost half of teens who commit suicide had made previous attempts
- Family history of abuse, suicide or violence
- A recent loss such as a death, break-up or parents’ divorce
- Being bullied or being a bully; Cyberbullying
- An estimated 75% to 90% of adolescent suicide deaths are associated with mental illness
- LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) are 4 times more likely to make a suicide attempt than their peers
Learn more, including warning signs that are specific to teens and older adults at Know the Signs: www.suicideispreventable.org/find-the-words
GET HELP NOWIf you or someone you care about is in crisis:
- Ventura County Suicide Hotline: 1-877-727-4747 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
- Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) www.veteranscrisisline.net
- Ventura County Crisis Team: 1-866-998-2243 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
- Emergency: Call 911
- Suicide Prevention App: http://my3app.org/
- Local resources: Call 2-1-1, visit www.211ventura.org or text your zip code to 898211
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) and at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
- Senior Support Line: 1-800-235-9980
- Ventura County Area Agency on Aging: (805) 477-7300 or https://vcaaa.org
- Learn more, including warning signs that are specific to teens and older adults at Know the Signs.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.
- You Matter was created to let people know that suicide is preventable. If you need support during those tough times, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) can help you through.
- The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.