In the presence of several area health specialists, Marion County Mayor David Jackson officially signed a proclamation designating September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month for the county.
According to documents from the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN), for the last year of complete data suicide ranks as a top ten highest cause of deaths in the state across six of the seven age groups over age nine.
The TSPN suggests there are some common warning signs that friends and family can be on the lookout for for someone that might be classified as “at risk” for suicide. as quoted from the TSPN:
The following behavioral patterns may indicate possible risk for suicide and should be watched closely. If they appear numerous or severe, seek professional help at once. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) provides acccess to trained telephone counselors, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Talking about suicide, death, and/or no reason to live
- Preoccupation with death and dying
- Withdrawal from friends and/or social activities
- Experience of a recent severe loss (especially a relationship) or the threat of a significant loss
- Experience or fear of a situation of humiliation of failure
- Drastic changes in behavior
- Loss of interest in hobbies, work, school, etc.
- Preparation for death by making out a will (unexpectedly) and final arrangements
- Giving away prized possessions
- Previous history of suicide attempts, as well as violence and/or hostility
- Unnecessary risks; reckless and/or impulsive behavior
- Loss of interest in personal appearance
- Increased use of alcohol and/or drugs
- General hopelessness
- Recent experience humiliation or failure
- Unwillingness to connect with potential helpers