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Helping Employees Choose life!


Suicide prevention is everyones business. As the American Association of Suicidology AAS -recognizes September each year as National Suicide Prevention Month, we want to reiterate our commitment at REACH to make every month a prevention month and make sure that every client organization, their employees and families know that confidential assistance is available for any concerns that may be directly or indirectly related to preventing suicide. Studies indicate that suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. And while untreated depression is believed to be the number one cause leading to suicide, there are often otherunderlying concerns that can contribute such as; substance abuse, mental illness, financial and job stressors. Our hope is that awareness and putting light on this dark subject at work and home, will be the breakthrough needed to help employees choose life. 

 

Remember, all indications of potential suicidal behavior need to be taken seriously and acted on. The following are some of the most common warning signs: 

  • Feeling hopeless and or appearing depressed or sad most of the time

  • Withdrawing from family and friends

  • Increased alcohol or drug use

  • Dramatic mood changes

  • Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge

  • Sleeping too much or too little

  • Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time

  • Giving away prized possessions

  • Making statements of “not wanting to live” or “no sense of purpose”

  • Writing notes or poems about suicide or death.

 

If you or someone you know exhibits any of the warning signs listed above, immediate assistance may be required. Seek out a caring family member, friend or a professional counselor to assess the need for support. REACH is always available if you or your organization needs to partner with an EAP for consultation or to provide training programs in this area of suicide prevention.

Additional Resources Recommended:

American Association of Suicideology http://www.suicidology.org

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

National Institute of Mental Health NIMH » Suicide Prevention