It would be easy to dismiss Paris Jackson’s attempted suicide as a stunt or a cry for help, but it would also be a mistake. Too often we ignore the not so obvious signs that a loved on or a friend needs help. We ignore their moodiness or self-destructive behavior (over-indulgence in alcohol or drugs) until their behavior leads to fatal consequences.Approximately 30,000 Americans die annually as the result of a suicide. Fortunately, there are warning signs to look for which indicate you or someone you love needs to seek help, and more importantly, a number of resources available to those who are feeling suicidal.
Warning Signs Someone May Be Suicidal
The following behaviors and activities are good indicators of a problem. Encourage your friend or family member to seek help if you notice someone:
Suggest they want to die or kill themselves.
Seek ways to kill themselves by searching online or buying a gun.
Mention they are lonely or without hope, “no reason to live.”
Discuss feeling trapped with no way out.
Feel they are a burden to themselves or others.
Using drugs and alcohol outside of their normal habits.
Struggling with anxiety or agitation, behaving recklessly.
Sleeping too much or too little.
Withdrawn from normal activities.
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