September is Suicide Prevention Month. This is a time to raise awareness and discuss this stigmatized topic. September is also a time to bring hope and share information to everyone.
Suicide is preventable. Seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional if you or someone you know exhibits any of the following signs*:
- Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
- Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
- Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
- Feeling hopeless
- Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
- Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities – seemingly without thinking
- Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out
- Increasing alcohol or drug use
- Withdrawing from friends, family and society
- Feeling anxious, agitated or unable to sleep, or sleeping all the time
- Experiencing dramatic mood changes
- Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life
*From US Department of Health and Human Services
If you or someone you know are having thoughts or feelings related to suicide, please contact one of the resources below.
- Call 317-621-5700 (option #1) for Community’s 24-hour crisis service.
- Call 988 for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Learn more at https://988lifeline.org.
- Text IN to 741741 to be connected right away to a trained mental health responder.