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Suicidal Ideation

Suicidal ideation- the capacity for or the act of forming or entertaining ideas of suicide (killing oneself)

Suicide is very often a seriously contemplated plan in order to end the suffering in one's life. There are times when a person may feel there are no other options, life is hopeless, there is no meaning, and therefore, no sense in continuing on. It is extremely rare that suicide, or the attempt thereof, is spontaneous.

People who are considering suicide will tend to withdraw from their social support network, lose interest in things that used to be pleasurable, grades will fall, and often, prior to the attempt, the suicidal person will begin to give away sentimental and personal items as a means that after they die, their memory will live on. There is also a tendency that once the decision has been made to take one's life that there will be sudden change in a person's behavior (from depressed, withdrawn mood to highly sociable and feeling good about life).

It is everyone's responsiblilty to be able to read the warning signs of someone contemplating suicide, and getting that person immediate help.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, PLEASE call someone whom you can trust, a friend, an RA, RD, pastor, family, the Engle Center on call counselor, the Department of Safety, or Crisis Intervention.

If there is a weapon involved immediately dial 911 to notify the police

CRISIS INTERVENTION

Holy Spirit Hospital 763-2222
Carlisle 243-6005 or 888-243-6033
Engle CenterExt. 6035

 

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