Suicide

Some of the most heartbreaking things that COVID-19 has brought are the loss of loved ones and livelihoods. These, in turn, have driven many individuals to despair and thoughts of suicide. While there is no typical pattern of behavior for someone who is thinking of suicide, there are some warning signs, such as:

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no way out of problems
  • Talking about not having a reason to live or that others would be better off without them
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Giving away personal items and wrapping up loose ends
  • Saying goodbyes to friends and family

There are also signs that are less obvious:

  1. Unusual changes in demeanor or behavior
  2. Accessing or acquiring lethal items—such as a handgun or powerful medications/opioids
  3. Detachment from/indifference to highly emotional situations
  4. Constant physical pain with no simple explanation or cause

If you believe the situation is life threatening, call 911. For a less immediate concern, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or 2-1-1 for information on how to help.  You can also encourage the individual to call these numbers directly. 

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