The Importance of Talking about Suicide

Posted 9/3/2021 in Senior Life Solutions

Brought to you by Regional Medical Center’s Senior Life Solutions

September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness month. Regional Medical Center’s (RMC) Senior Life Solutions is working to raise awareness and educate the community on risk factors and warning signs of suicide. Talk of suicide should never be dismissed. If you, or someone you know, are thinking of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Bobbi Rowe, Program Director for RMC Senior Life Solutions shares, “Suicide is preventable, and we can all be a part of that prevention. Everyone can play a role by learning to recognize the warning signs, showing compassion, and offering support.”

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline states that knowing these warning signs may help determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide:

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated, behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Extreme mood swings

Suicide prevention starts with recognizing these warning signs and taking them seriously. If you think someone you know may be feeling suicidal, the best thing to do is ask. These conversations may feel difficult and uncomfortable, which is entirely normal. For more information, or if an older loved one is in need of help, call Regional Medical Center’s Senior Life Solutions program at 563-927-7560 or regmedctr.org/seniorlifesolutions