There are many reasons to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and the organization is putting those reasons on display.
The Lifeline has kick-started its “Reasons to Call” photo campaign, and have more than 200 photos already in their midst. The organization is asking people to make a sign telling others why they should contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK, or why they called themselves.
As the Lifeline says, there are a million reasons to call. There should be no fear in picking up the phone.
The following signs from the Prevention Lifeline may mean someone is at risk for suicide. The risk of suicide is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss or change.
· 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 the use of alcohol or drugs.
· Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
· Sleeping too little or too much.
· Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
· Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
· Displaying extreme mood swings.