Suicide Prevention and Helpful Risk Factors

Friends we live in a fallen world with days that may be filled with loss, frustration, guilt, grief, anxiety, anger, stress, depression, pain or suffering. Dealing with these day by day challenges can often be more than one can handle. As one began to find a way out and/or try to resolve these problems, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Program wants to make sure that suicide does not become your “way out” and that you will reach to them for help immediately. You may want to call someone that is very close to you a friend or family member to help you resolve your problems. Please understand that you do have a choice and a responsibility to complete your mission in life that the Lord our God has given you. Please know that even though your circumstances may be cloudy now, your present situation will get better day by day as your reach out for help from your friends and professionals that are available 24/7 to help you deal with suicidal thoughts.

Warning Signs:

. Talk of suicide or of killing another person
. Giving away your personal property
. Withdrawing from friends and relatives or social events
. Relationship problems with friends
. Behavior that is outside of the usually norm
. Obsession with thoughts of death
. Financial problems or hardships challenges such divorce, separation,
retirement from the military or reintegration after deployment, nightmares, etc.
. Feeling sadness and hopelessness; loss of interest, feeling tired most of the time
. Feelings of loneliness, helplessness, anxiety and guilty
. Memory difficulties, to name a few

Resources:
Call 911 for immediate emergencies
Support people to talk to:
Pastor or Chaplain
Military Family Life Professionals
Family and friends
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Tricare Assistance Program
24/7 Free Mental Health Counseling
1-866-773-0404
New program now allows to receive confidential
Counseling using Skype.
VA Suicide Prevention Hotline:
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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