Suicide Prevention – Adult Specific Challenges and what you can do to help

Adult Specific Challenges:

Adults often experience a loss of the emotional resilience needed to face life’s challenges.  Risk factors for suicide are characteristics or conditions that a person may have, several risk factors at one time may result in higher risk. This may result in feelings of loneliness and isolation.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE RISK FACTORS FOR ADULTS:

  • Major life changes, such as losing loved ones, loss of a job, retirement, proximity to family and divorce
  • Financial hardship
  • Physical illness or disability
  • Loss of sense of purpose
  • Trouble with the law
  • Previous suicide attempt/ family history

 

WARNING SIGNS TO LOOK FOR IN ADULTS:

  • Increased alcohol and prescription drug use and stockpiling of medications
  • Social withdrawal or elaborate goodbyes
  • Loss of appetite or interest in eating
  • Disruption of sleep patterns
  • Sudden interest in firearms, access to firearms or reading material about death and suicide
  • Failure to take care of self or follow medical orders
  • Rush to complete or revise a will

Take any suicidal thought or behavior seriously. It’s not just a warning sign that the person is thinking about suicide – it’s a cry for help.

 WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:

  • Get Professional Help: do everything in your power to get your friend or loved one the expert help he or she needs. Call the Putnam County  Crisis Line (1-845-225-1222) and help them make, and get to, an appointment with a mental health professional.
  • Be Proactive: those who are contemplating suicide often don’t believe they can be helped, so you need to be more proactive and assertive in offering assistance.  Tell the suicidal person you are concerned about them and that you care.
  • Remove Potential Means of Suicideif it’s safe to do so, remove or lock-up pills, knives, razors and firearms, as soon as possible.
  • Make a Safety Plan: a written Safety Plan identifies specific coping strategies, and support mechanisms and provides the road map you, or someone you care about, needs to get through a crisis. For help in creating a Safety Plan, visit the Suicide Prevention Resource Center(http://www.sprc.org/sites/sprc.org/files/SafetyPlanTemplate.pdf) If you need more help, call (845-225-1222).
  • Encourage Positive Lifestyle Changes:  these include a healthy diet; more time spent outdoors, enhanced social and family connections, volunteer activity and more sleep and exercise.
  • Continue Your Support:  when the immediate crisis is over, check-in and stop by to make sure your friend or loved one continues along the road to recovery, including following up on treatment.

Courtesy of: HELPGUIDE.ORG (http://helpguide.org/mental/suicide_prevention.htm)

Get Help Now/National > 1-800-273-8255
Get Help Now/Local Putnam County Crisis Line > 845-225-1222

Disclaimer: the content in this app is for informational purposes only and should NOT be substituted for professional diagnosis and treatment. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing symptoms of suicide or are contemplating suicide, seek immediate professional attention.