National Suicide Prevention Week is this week, September 6-12, 2015.
Experts believe that most suicidal individuals do not want to die. They just feel a lot of pain and want it to end. Experts also know that suicidal crises tend to be brief. When suicidal behaviors are detected early, lives can be saved.
People who kill themselves exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do. The more warning signs, the greater the risk. According to the American Association of Suicidology, knowing the warning signs of suicide is one of the first things you can do to prevent it. They’ve come up with an easy-to-remember mnemonic: IS PATH WARM?
I – Ideation
S – Substance Abuse (an increase in drinking or drugs)
P – Purposelessness (person expresses no reason for living)
A – Anxiety or Agitation (not able to sleep or sleeping all the time)
T – Trapped
H – Hopelessness
W – Withdrawal (from friends, family, or school)
A – Anger
R – Recklessness (engaging in risky activities)
M – Mood Changes
For more information about the warning signs of suicide, visit the suicide prevention section of the Painkillers Kill website. If you or someone you know is crisis, please use the following resources or call 9-1-1:
Crisis Services of Western New York
24 hour / 7 day per week hotline
Serving Buffalo and Erie County
American Foundation of Suicide Prevention
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline