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Suicide Awareness

Throughout the pandemic, suicide attempts have been on the rise and have become an increasingly major health concern. As suicide claims thousands of lives each year, it is increasingly important that everyone recognizes the warning signs of suicide. Catching differences in behavior, mood and language, could be the difference between life or death for someone.

There are several signs that should alert you to someone in danger of making an attempt on their life:

● Speaking of killing oneself or the desire to die

● Hopelessness and emptiness

● Overwhelmed by extreme physical or emotional pain

● Feeling as though they are a burden to those they are around

● Giving away personal items and possessions with not apparent reasons

● Preoccupation with death

● Taking unnecessary risks which could lead to death

● Secluding oneself from family and friends

It is important to remember to take care of yourself physically and mentally. Prioritizing care can help prevent suicide:

● Making plans with friends

● Explore hobbies

● Exercise

● Serving in the community

● Set goals

● Prioritize time with family

These are simple ways to help prevent suicide, but it is important to recognize when help is needed. If you or a loved one is struggling with suicidal thoughts call the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-Talk. If you would like to learn more about signs of suicide, other mental health related concerns, or to talk with a mental health provider contact the Murray County Medical Center at (507) 836-6111.

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