Though suicide is most often seen in teens and young adults, any age group can be at risk. Behavioral specialists recommend communication as the first step in prevention.
“It’s okay to talk about, people can talk about their thoughts, their feelings, what’s happening with them. I think a lot of people are afraid to kind of say how are you feeling and if someone says I’m thinking of suicide then they don’t know what to do, so talking about it is extremely helpful,” said Victoria Freier, Manager of Linden Oaks Outpatient Center.
Indicators that someone may be considering suicide include excessive sleep, withdrawing from family, friends and social situations and loss of physical care.
If someone you know is showing these symptoms, a simple message can help put them on the right track to healthier thoughts.
“It’s important to reach out and let them know that they’re not alone and with help there is hope, I think hope is a really important message to get across to them,” said Freier.
Getting your loved one to a professional for help, whether in person, or through a hotline, is an important next step.
If you or someone you know needs immediate help, call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at (800) 273-8255.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek Reports.
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