Suicide Prevention

All people are at risk of having suicidal thoughts and intent, regardless of what they appear to be going through. 

It’s important to remember the following Warning Sign and Risk Factors: 

Warning Signs! 

  • Abrupt changes in personality 
  • Giving away possessions 
  • Previous suicide attempt 
  • Use of drugs and/or alcohol 
  • Withdrawal from people, especially close friends, family, and/or favorite activities 
  • Change in eating and sleeping patterns 
  • Chronic pain/fatigue 
  • Restlessness—inability to concentrate 

Risk Factors

These are things that can contribute to the stress and pressures that a person is going through. 

  • Depression 
  • Problems at school (change in schools, grades, peer pressure, bullying) 
  • Trouble with the law 
  • Breakups and relationships problems 
  • Family/stress at home 
  • Major losses (death, relationships, home, divorce) 
  • Struggling with sexual orientation and gender identity (Suicide is 2 to 3 times higher in the LGBTQ+ community) 

The more Risk Factors and Warnings Signs a person has, the higher the risk of suicide!

Coping Strategies 

  • Being open about feelings 
  • Talking with friends and family 
  • Being involved in school activities 
  • Exercising and being physically active 
  • Keeping a journal 
  • Laughing and keeping your sense of humor 
  • Consider the importance of spirituality in your life 
  • Listening to music 
  • Seeking help if you’re feeling overwhelmed or troubled 

If you are having thoughts of suicide – The Georgia Crisis and Access Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please reach out to a qualified professional who can assist and get you to assistance.