Four Steps to Help a Loved One Find Refuge From Suicide
Suicide prevention may not be on many people’s radar, but more than 44,000 Americans die by suicide each year. Early identification of vulnerable individuals and appropriate care and support is vital for the prevention of suicide.
If you notice someone is displaying warning signs of suicide and you want to help, here’s a guide to assist your outreach.
Check in often, make phone calls, drop by, or try to plan time together. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline suggests people are more likely to feel less suicidal and more hopeful after speaking to someone.
Ask if something is bothering them and listen without judgment. In more serious cases, it may help to ask if they are considering suicide. If the individual has a detailed plan, don’t leave them alone.
Discuss options they are comfortable with to seek help. It is likely there are help centers, support groups, and professionals in your community that provide confidential assistance.
Whether the person is receiving help through a support group or seeing a professional, have ongoing contact, even if they no longer have suicidal thoughts.
During the process of helping your loved one, be mindful. Depending on the individual, they may feel offended or angry. Others may welcome the help and feel less burdened. Either way, you may help save a life.
According to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death. Substance abuse is the second highest risk factor for suicide, while depression is the number one factor. Often times those with depression will turn to alcohol or drug use making the risk of suicide higher. Research has shown that those with substance use disorders are about six times more likely to commit suicide than nonusers, and drugs make up 75 percent of suicide deaths due to overdose.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255
Suicide Prevention Hotline of Nevada (877) 885-4673
Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention (702) 486-8225
Find a help center in your state here.
Las Vegas Recovery Center also has a hotline (888) 219-1158
Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC) is an abstinence-based alcohol and drug detox and addiction treatment center located in a quiet residential neighborhood in northwest Las Vegas, Nevada. With a dual diagnosis specialist and several experienced addiction counselors and psychologists on staff, we’re equipped to treat more than just a person’s substance use disorder, but any range of accompanying emotional disorders as well, including depression. Call today to speak to one of our admissions counselors, and to learn more about the wide range of inpatient and outpatient services we offer.