As we head into September’s National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Samaritan wants to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with treatment that need services.
Samaritan Counseling therapist Mari Krueger says, “Suicide is a difficult, sensitive topic for most but talking about it openly and becoming educated about warning signs, prevention, and support is key.”
- Talking or writing about wanting to kill or hurt him/herself
- Access to lethal means
- Expressing hopelessness -“It won’t get better.”
- Dramatic mood changes, rage, uncontrolled anger
- Engaging in risk-taking behaviors, seemingly with little concern about personal safety
- No sense of purpose
“It can definitely be scary and intimidating when someone you care about expresses suicidal thoughts, but it is important to take these thoughts very seriously. It’s ok to ask someone if they are feeling suicidal. Open conversations about suicide can truly save a life,” Mari confirms.
“Remember…suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Help is available.”
If you, a friend or a loved one observe someone experiencing the warning signs of suicide, SEEK HELP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE by contacting a mental health professional or calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a referral.
Use this easy to remember mnemonic and KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS OF SUICIDE:
IS PATH WARM?
I Ideation (hopeless thoughts about ending one’s life)
S Substance Abuse
M Mood Changes
Source of material: American Association of Suicidology
Mari Krueger is licensed professional counselor with more than 25 years’ experience in mental health nursing. She works with adolescents and adults with a variety of mental health issues including chronic health or mental illness, anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief/loss, stress management, trauma and relationship issues. Mari sees clients in our Oshkosh and Menasha locations.