after a suicide

My friend’s co-worker committed suicide this week. It took the authorities a few days to identify the body because he jumped in front of a moving train. My friend told me that his co-worker stopped coming to work a month ago when he checked himself into a hospital for having suicidal thoughts. He was released, but decided to check back in again. The suicide happened sometime after he was released from the hospital the second time around.

I did not know this person, so I can’t really speculate on what could’ve been done to help somehow, even though he did take steps to keep himself safe several times. Only thing I could think to do is to post some facts about suicide prevention on this page.

Some suicide warning signs or suicidal thoughts include (from the Mayo Clinic):

  • Talking about suicide, including making such statements as “I’m going to kill myself,” “I wish I was dead” or “I wish I hadn’t been born”
  • Getting the means to commit suicide, such as getting a gun or stockpiling pills
  • Withdrawing from social contact and wanting to be left alone
  • Having mood swings, such as being emotionally high one day and deeply discouraged the next
  • Being preoccupied with death, dying or violence
  • Feeling trapped or hopeless about a situation
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Changing normal routine, including eating or sleeping patterns
  • Doing risky or self-destructive things, such as using drugs or driving recklessly
  • Giving away belongings or getting affairs in order
  • Saying goodbye to people as if they won’t be seen again
  • Developing personality changes, such as becoming very outgoing after being shy

Warning signs aren’t always obvious, though, and they vary from person to person. Some people make their intentions clear, while others keep suicidal thoughts and feelings secret.

NIH’s page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/suicide.html has a great compilation of resources regarding suicide.

But perhaps the most important information to post here is the suicide prevention lifeline number: 1-800-273-8255.  www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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