Suicide Prevention

Building a Suicide Prevention Safety Plan for Yourself 

A suicide prevention safety plan is a written set of instructions that you create for yourself as a contingency plan should you begin to experience thoughts about harming yourself. It will contain a series of gradually escalating steps that you will follow, proceeding from one step to the next, until […]

Self-care for the Caregiver of a Suicide Attempt Survivor 

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“If you don’t do things to keep your cup full, you have nothing left to give others.”  This seems like a pretty practical and obvious “life lesson”, right? Unfortunately, it is often forgotten when you’re caring for and loving someone experiencing a mental health crisis and suicidal ideation. It seems […]

When Children Ask About Suicide  

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Stereotypical youth suicides occur in the teenage years, but pre-teens are also vulnerable. In 2018, suicide was the second leading cause of death for children aged 10 to 14 in the United States. It’s important for parents to be prepared to discuss suicidal ideation with preteens as well as older adolescents.   When very young children […]

Suicide – How long does the crisis last?  

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A 2007 study involving interviews with 153 attempt survivors revealed that most suicidal crises are short-lived. Participants were asked how long they thought about suicide before making their attempt. The results were:   Less than 5 minutes: 24%  5 to 19 minutes: 24%  2-8 hours: 16%  1 or more days: 13%   Another […]

What to Expect When You Bring a Loved One Home after a Suicide Attempt 

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When you take a loved one to the ER after a suicide attempt, the visit is extremely stressful but it can also be a relief. As long as you’re at the ER someone else is in charge. While you’re there, once the physical crisis is over, you know that your loved one is safe.   When the ER staff has done […]