Suicide Prevention Resources at Re:sourxe for Sodexo

/ 31/08/2012 /

It seems senseless and is made all the more tragic when one considers that it is often accompanied by warning signs. Many suicides could probably have been prevented with improved education about suicide.

Re:sourxe by Sodexo would like to join the worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides this year, starting with National Suicide Prevention Week  September 4~10, by helping to raise awareness and to do its part in reducing some of the stigma surrounding suicide.

World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10, 2012

National Suicide Prevention Week starts on September 4 and goes through September 10, which is World Suicide Prevention Day. This year’s theme is “Collaborations in Suicidology: Bridging the Disciplines.”

World Suicide Prevention Day is collaboration between the following important organizations:

These agencies seek to address suicide as an international health concern and to promote mental health as a road to suicide prevention.

 

Warning Signs for Suicide

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There are some common warning signs for suicide:

·      Threatening to hurt or kill oneself

·      Seeking access to pills, firearms, or other means to kill oneself

·      Feeling hopeless

·      Seeing no reason for living or having no purpose in life

·      Feeling rage

·      Seeking revenge

·      Feeling trapped

·      Reckless or risky behaviors

·      Increase in alcohol or drug use

·      Withdrawal

·      Anxiety or agitation

·      Change in sleep patterns

·      Dramatic mood changes – including happy moods

 

Risk Factors for Suicide

Suicide and suicidal behavior affects individuals of all ages, genders, races, and religions, everywhere in the world. Risks factors are also essentially the same from country to country, and includes the following:

·      Mental illness

·      Substance abuse

·      Previous suicide attempts

·      Hopelessness

·      Access to lethal means

·      Recent loss of loved ones

·      Unemployment

·      Vulnerability to self-harm

 

In contrast, the factors that protect against suicide are high self-esteem, social connectedness, problem-solving skills, and a support system of friends and family.

 

For more information on suicide, please visit:

American Association of Suicidology
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Jed Foundation
The Trevor Project
The Centers for Disease Control
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
World Health Organization