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Late 2012, a Florida man in his 60s committed suicide by jumping off an I-95 overpass near Wellington, FL. No one understands exactly why he ended his life in this way, but the tragedy of the event highlights a serious yet preventable health issue. In the state of Florida, suicide is continuously among the top 10 causes of death. In the year 2009, 2,854 Floridians – more than seven people per day – took their own lives.

Warning Signs

While there is no typical victim of suicide, there are some common warnings signs to help you recognize suicidal tendencies in those closest to you:

  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Withdrawing from friends, family and society
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Change in sleep habits (e.g., sleeping an excessive amount or unable to sleep)
  • Experiencing dramatic mood shifts
  • Feelings of rage or uncontrolled anger
  • Speaking of or seeking revenge
  • Reckless or risky behavior with little concern for their own safety
  • Feeling trapped or like there’s no way out
  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Violent or aggressive behavior, injuring self or others
  • Talking about suicide or threatening to kill themselves
  • Seeking access to firearms, medications, or other means to harm themselves or others
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide in a way that is out of character for the person
  • Seeing no reason to continue living or lacking a purpose or direction in life

Help Is Hope

If someone you know in Wellington has some combination of these symptoms or is struggling with thoughts of suicide, help is available. Trained caring professionals are available to help people deal with suicidal behavior and provide intensive mental health treatment that can be lifesaving. Call this number now to get help.