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Suicide Prevention
As a member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network, Crisis Call Center offers free and confidential support, intervention, and information for individuals throughout Nevada seeking help for themselves or their loved ones who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or crisis-related issues.

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The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need immediate assistance, please dial: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

All calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline are answered by local crisis centers belonging to the national network. Crisis Call Center is proud to be a member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network.
Although suicide prevention is the primary mission of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, people can call the Lifeline for many reasons:

Suicidal thoughts Abuse/violence

To help a friend or loved one

Information on suicide

Economic problems

Relationship problems

Information on mental health/ illness

Sexual orientation issues

Loneliness

Post-disaster needs

Homelessness issues

Family problems

Substance abuse/addiction

Physical illness

 

The life of each and every individual has meaning and value. Individually, our lives have a huge influence on a great many people. The loss of a life by suicide impacts an entire community. By knowing the signs and helping someone who is suicidal, you have done more for that person and your community than you will ever know.

Suicide Warning Signs
Click here to view the verbal, behavioral, and environmental warning signs of someone who may be contemplating suicide.

Suicide Lethality Scale
Click here to view the Suicide Lethality Scale.

Understanding And Helping The Suicidal Individual
Be Aware Of The Warning Signs
If you or someone you know exhibits any of the following signs, seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional, calling Crisis Call Center at 775-784-8090 or 1-800-273-8255, or by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

  • 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, 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.

How do you remember the warning signs of suicide?  Here’s a mnemonic device that can help you remember the basic signs:

IS PATH WARM?

Ideation
Substance Abuse

Purposelessness
Anxiety
Trapped
Hopelessness

Withdrawl
Anger
Recklessness
Mood Change

Are You Or Is Someone You Love At Risk Of Suicide?
Suicide Is 100% Preventable If You Know The Signs And Take Action.

Be aware. Learn the warning signs.

Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.

Ask if he/she is thinking about suicide.

Be direct. Talk openly and freely about suicide.

Be willing to listen. Allow for expression of feelings. Accept the feelings.

Be non-judgmental. Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or feelings are good or bad. Don’t lecture on the value of life.

Don’t dare him/her to do it.

Don’t give advice by making decisions for someone else, or by telling them to behave differently.

Don’t ask ‘why’. This encourages defensiveness.

Offer empathy, not sympathy.

Don’t act shocked. This creates distance.

Don’t be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.

Offer hope that alternatives are available, do not offer glib reassurance; it only proves you don’t understand.

Take action! Remove means! Get help from individuals or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

Be Aware of Feelings, Thoughts, and Behaviors
Nearly everyone, at some time in his or her life, thinks about suicide. Almost everyone decides to live because they come to realize that the crisis is temporary, but death is not. On the other hand, people in the midst of a crisis often perceive their dilemma as inescapable and feel an utter loss of control. Frequently, they:

  • Can’t stop the pain.
  • Can’t think clearly .
  • Can’t make decisions .
  • Can’t see any way out .
  • Can’t sleep, eat or work.
  • Can’t get out of the depression.
  • Can’t make the sadness go away.
  • Can’t see the possibility of change.
  • Can’t see themselves as worthwhile.
  • Can’t get someone’s attention.
  • Can’t seem to get control.

If you are concerned about a family member or friend, show you care and ask the question: Do you feel suicidal? Trust your gut instincts — and if you’re concerned, help get the person to support services that can help. If the person can’t open up to you, find someone else who can talk with that person.
If you are unsure but still concerned, call the Crisis Call Center to speak with one of our trained volunteers today.

Don’t delay. Your concern could save a life. Call 1-800-273-8255.

Suicide Facts
Nevada has the 2nd highest rate of suicide in the United States, nearly double the national rate. (Nevada = 19.9 suicides per 100,000 residents, Nation = 11.0 suicides per 100,000 residents)

  • Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States, but is the 6th leading cause of death for Nevadans.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for young Nevadans (15-24).
  • For every teen that dies by suicide, it is estimated that 100-200 teens have attempted suicide.  One of the biggest predictors of eventual death by suicide is a history of a previous attempt.
  • For each loss to suicide, it is estimated that at least six other people are directly affected.
  • For these “survivors of suicide loss”, their own risk of death by suicide is now increased 6-9 times as compared to a non-survivor.
  • Suicide is preventable. Most suicidal individuals desperately want to live; they are just unable to see alternatives to their problems.
  • Most suicidal individuals give definite warnings of their suicidal intentions, but friends, coworkers, and family are either unaware of the significance of these warnings or do not know how to respond to them.
  • Talking about suicide does not cause someone to be suicidal.
  • Approximately 32,000 Americans kill themselves every year. The number of suicide attempts is much greater and often results in serious injury.
  • Youth (15-24) suicide rates increased more than 200 percent from the 1950’s to the late 1970’s. Following the late 1970’s, the rates for youth suicide have remained stable.
  • The suicide rate is higher among the elderly (over 65) than any other age group.
  • Four times as many men kill themselves than women do, yet three times as many women attempt suicide than men do.
  • Suicide occurs across all age, economic, social, and ethnic boundaries.
  • Firearms are currently the most utilized method of suicide by all groups (male, female, young, old, white, non-white).
  • Surviving family members not only suffer the trauma of losing a loved one to suicide, but may themselves be at higher risk for suicide and emotional problems.

For additional information, log onto one of these
websites:

Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention

Statewide Resources through Nevada 2-1-1
American Association of Suicidology
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


Many of these resources provide additional links to other sources of support and information.
Information in this document was provided by the American Association of Suicidology, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and the New Mexico Suicide Prevention Coalition. 

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