• By Dana Sparks

#WorldSuicidePrevention Day

September 10, 2015

young woman sitting on couch feeling sad, depressed, guilty or grieving
World Suicide Prevention Day
 - 10 September, 2015
Light a Candle near a Window at 8 PM to show your support for suicide prevention,
to remember a lost loved one, and for the survivors of suicide.

You may be at risk of suicide if you:

  • Feel hopeless, worthless, agitated, socially isolated or lonely
  • Experience a stressful life event, such as the loss of a loved one, military service, a breakup, or financial or legal problems
  • Have a substance abuse problem — alcohol and drug abuse can worsen thoughts of suicide and make you feel reckless or impulsive enough to act on your thoughts
  • Have suicidal thoughts and have access to firearms in your home
  • Have an underlying psychiatric disorder, such as major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or bipolar disorder
  • Have a family history of mental disorders, substance abuse, suicide, or violence, including physical or sexual abuse
  • Have a medical condition that can be linked to depression and suicidal thinking, such as chronic disease, chronic pain or terminal illness
  • Are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender with an unsupportive family or in a hostile environment
  • Attempted suicide before

Learn more: Suicide and suicidal thoughts

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