We need to intervene to prevent suicide

Jada York, Reporter

In 2017-2018, 47,173 Americans died by suicide and with an estimated 1,400,000 attempted suicides. This is a problem and we need more people saying something and doing something to intervene between people.

Frequently, when someone has committed suicide, people say:

“ I knew something was bothering them, but I didn’t know if I should say something.” usually, when we say that, it’s a fear of thinking they shouldn’t get involved. In addition, When we hear someone mentioning or considering suicide, it can be upsetting or uncomfortable. You may be unsure of what you should do to help, or if you should take the mentioning of suicide seriously, or if your intervention may make matters worse. However, action is always the best solution.

How can I help? What could help is to finding out if someone is at risk of suicide is becoming more familiar with the symptoms and signs of someone who is suicidal. The more you know, the better you can identify depressed or suicidal people.  A common myth is that asking about suicidal thoughts may push someone into doing something self-destructive or going through it, but it can actually reduce the chance,

 After encountering someone who is suicidal, tell an adult. A nurse, teacher, counselor, or parent, any adult. The First step should always be to tell an adult, even if you think it will make the person mad. When talking to the individual, it’s important to be willing to listen. Allowing all expressions of emotions such as anger, crying, loneliness, and sometimes rage. It’s important to appear as non-judgmental, open minded, and a complete clean slate as you can be

Now that you have heard the full story, you can approach them and ask direct, but sensitive questions such as:

  • Do you ever feel like just giving up?
  • Are you thinking about dying?
  • Are you thinking about hurting yourself?
  • Are you thinking about suicide?
  • Have you ever thought about suicide before, or tried to harm yourself before? 

 The Last step is you think this person is in critical danger, call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Prevention line (1-800-273-8255). If possible don’t leave the person alone, and It may be easier to have someone with you when doing this, to make it easier to deal with. You can also text text the word “SAFE” and your current location (address, city, state) to the number 69866.