Suicide Prevention & Awareness Keynotes, Retreats, Training, and Consults

September is Suicide Prevention Month
Hope is one click away!
800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)

 

Wonder, Humor, & Other Antidotes to Misery
Mindsets and Actions 

You can create your happiness and success. Explore mindsets and strategies that foster satisfaction, productivity, and creativity.

  • Learn to use misery to invite clarity and energize positive action
  • Explore humor and play as stress-reduction strategies
  • Understand barriers to mindfulness
  • Practice setting limits with yourself and others
  • Cultivate a culture of wonder

Uncertainty in the Time of Corona
Suicide Awareness, Prevention, and Healing

With uncertainly during the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting our professional and personal lives—depression, anxiety, and suicide struggles are realities that require skill and compassion.

  • Notice the signs
  • Practice what to say and do
  • Know available resources day and night
  • Manage the flow of communication
  • Create a culture of Open Discussion

Help is one call or click away!
800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)

Military Crisis Line

What to do NOW

DO
Keep them Safe

  • reach out, ask if they are thinking of killing themselves
  • listen without judgment
  • stay with them, or make sure someone is there at all times, until you can get them to help
  • remove access to weapons, drugs, or other lethal means
  • encourage exercise and relaxation methods such as yoga, prayer, stretching, music
  • get help
    • call suicide lifelines such as 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)
    • call 911
    • go to the emergency room or mental health care provider
    • call a chaplain, when in doubt, chaplains are 100% confidential, resourceful, and well-trained professionals

What NOT to do

Don't

  • don't avoid reaching out
  • don't judge, don't scold, don't dare
  • don't ignore
  • don't agree to secrecy—seek help
  • don't spend too much time with the stress of the news or social media
  • don't drink too much

Warning Signs and Risk Factors

Warning Signs

  • talks or writes or vlogs about suicide, death, or ways to die
  • threatens to self-harm or suicide
  • stockpiles or tries to get guns, pills, or other lethal means for suicide
  • the sudden or dramatic change in mood or behavior, such as recklessness, risk-taking behavior, change in sleeping and eating habits
  • feeling hopeless, helplessness, or trapped
  • says there's no reason to live or no way out
  • gives cherished possessions away, writes a will, makes arrangments for a pet
  • unusual spending or giving
  • social withdrawal
  • intense rage or desire for revenge
  • anxiety, depression, or agitation
  • increased use of alcohol and other drugs

Psychological Risk Factors

  • childhood abuse, family violence, or trauma
  • mental health problems in the family
  • prior suicide attempt
  • impulsive, aggressive
  • heavy drinking or other drug use
  • severe or prolonged stress or combat-related psychological injury
  • overwhelming grief from a loss such as death, divorce, disabling injury...

Cultural Risk Factors 

  • repeated and prolonged deployments
  • frequent moves
  • live in areas with limited access to health care
  • shame-based sense of honor
  • stigma regarding mental health support


 

Suicide Statistics Tell a Story of Hope

"Small Steps Save Lives"
There is hope!

According to the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, "Small Steps Save Lives." Being there and being alert can often avert a suicide crisis.

  • a suicide crisis is often brief in duration
  • suicidal behavior can be impulsive and quick, less than 10 minutes from thought to action
  • 90% who attempt suicide and survive do not attempt suicide again
  • 65% of military suicides involve a firearm
  • keeping guns and bullets locked reduces impulsive use of a firearm for self-harm
  • being there helps

US Military Suicide Statistics

  • every day 22 veterans succumb to suicide
  • Life Circumstances Risk Factors
    • limited support from relationships or family, loss of or problem in a close relationship
    • young, unmarried males of low rank are most at risk
    • access to lethal means such as guns, car or motorcycle, alcohol, and other drugs
    • a recent return from deployment, especially with health problems
    • lack of advancement, a career setback, disciplinary action, or loss of a job
    • financial problems
    • a sense of loss of honor, regret, shame, betrayal
    • suicides within the family or community
    • stigma regarding mental health support

Global Suicide Statistics
from the World Health Organization

  • every 40 seconds, someone succumbs to suicide, this is 800,000 each year
  • for each suicide, 20 more attempt suicide
  • suicide is the world's second leading cause of death for 15-29-year-olds

Resources

Hope is one click or call away!

800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)