The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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September 15, 2013

DHHS highlights programs to reduce suicide rate

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Sunday, September 15, 2013 — Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.

Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun.

Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.

Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.

Talking about being a burden to others.

Increasing their use of alcohol or drugs.

Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.

Giving away their possessions.

Sleeping too little or too much.

Withdrawing or isolating themselves.

Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.

Displaying extreme mood swings.

 If you or someone you know exhibits any of these behaviors, seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or by calling the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Since 2007, the Lifeline has been providing special suicide prevention service for U.S. military veterans through an agreement with the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) and U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). When dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), veterans, active military, and their families are prompted, during the automated greeting, to press "1" to be connected to a veterans' suicide prevention hotline specialist.

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