The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) is using its Know the Signs campaign to educate the general public. The campaign is helping to highlight warnings signs of suicide and offer ways to intervene in order to help prevent the loss of life due to the issue.
According to CalMHSA, Santa Cruz County towns like Gilroy, CA have experienced a drop in the number of suicides over the past few years. In fact, the Santa Cruz County average suicide rate is below average compared to the rest of the state. Through programs like this, public health officials hope that the California suicide rate will continue to decline.
Seeing the Signs
Many individuals contemplate suicide because they feel they have no other options. They might even believe that no one can help them. Being aware of some warnings signs and knowing how to act if someone is in a crisis situation may help you to save the life of someone you love. Some of these warning signs found commonly in suicidal individuals include:
- Talking or writing about suicide
- Extreme behavioral changes
- Increased alcohol and drug abuse
- Increased risk-taking behavior
- Recent tragic experiences
- Difficulty sleeping or eating
- Withdrawing from friends and family
- Preparing for death
- Giving away possessions
- Dwelling on dying and death
- Decline in personal appearance and hygiene
- Loss of motivation and loss of interest in hobbies, school or work
Learning How to Live
By communicating care and concern and helping your Gilroy loved one to locate the mental health care and treatment they need, they can learn that suicide is not their only option. There are healthy ways for them to cope with their problems and issues. Contact us today to learn more.