5 ways to identify those in risk.
1. Clinical depression — deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating
2. Having a “death wish,” tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving fast or running red lights
3. Losing interest in things one used to care about
4. Making comments about being hopeless, helpless, or worthless
5. Sudden, unexpected switch from being very sad to being very calm and or appearing happy.
3 Things You Can Do To Help Those At Risk
1. Be attentive to the signals listed above and be aware of the mental and emotional states of those around you.
2. If someone you know appears depressed and contemplating suicide, take that person seriously. Listen to what they have to say.
3. Listen to them attentively and do not try to argue with them. Recommend that they seek a mental health professional.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US and it costs 51 billion Dollars annually. Men die by suicide 3.5x more often than women. OCML and AFSP are joining together this week to bring into light some of the facts and statistics about suicide and also lead into the weekend with a benefit show for this cause. We hope you learn a little bit more about this topic and see you at the benefit show this weekend with a friend or a loved one.