Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I am going to kill myself

Get your attention!?

Here is a sobering fact... Over 40% of transgender people in the US have attempted suicide... Not thought about it, not planned it... ACTUALLY TRIED TO KILL THEMSELVES! This number is more then alarmingly high! 

This post is not only relevant to the transgender population though. Everyone needs to know these warning signs. 

Symptoms of Suicide:

Here are the things to look out for according to the National Library of Medicine:
  • Having trouble concentrating or thinking clearly
  • Giving away belongings
  • Talking about going away or the need to "get my affairs in order"
  • Suddenly changing behavior, especially calmness after a period of anxiety
  • Losing interest in activities they used to enjoy
  • Performing self-destructive behaviors, such as heavily drinking alcohol, using illegal drugs, or cutting their body
  • Pulling away from friends or not wanting to go out
  • Suddenly having trouble in school or work
  • Talking about death or suicide, or even saying that they want to hurt themselves
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or guilty
  • Changing sleep or eating habits
  • Arranging ways to take their own life (such as buying a gun or many pills)
Understand that someone who is contemplating suicide may not seek or want help. Due to the nature of the condition they may be resigned to the idea that no one and nothing can help them. 

There is Help!

Lastly, if you or anyone you know has shown these symptoms there is help: 

1 800-SUICIDE (1 800-784-2433)
1 800-273-TALK (1 800-273-8255)
1 800-999-9999

Dial 911 immediately if someone you know has attempted suicide! Again, never leave a suicidal person alone even if you have called for help.


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