Important Information to:

Promote good mental health
Prevent suicide

In knowing this information, you will be a part of raising awareness of depression as a treatable disease and of suicide as a preventable tragedy. You will be a part of the fellowship to promote good mental health and to prevent suicide.

HAMPTON ROADS SEVEN CITIES AND FIVE MILITARY SERVICES ARE COMING TOGETHER TO PROMOTE GOOD MENTAL HEALTH . . .
The #1 cause of suicide is untreated depression. Over 18.8 million Americans suffer from this illness. Depression is a treatable disease; this is a medical matter. When we raise awareness of depression as a treatable disease, we can prevent the tragedy of suicide. We will be able to identify the: Major Warning Signs Of Suicide; Symptoms Of Depression; What To Do When Someone Is Suicidal; and The Crisis Line. Then, through treatment, we can not only change a life . . . we may save one!

THE MAJOR WARNING SIGNS OF SUICIDE;
Over 70 percent of those who die by suicide gave warning signs:

  • A previous attempt
  • Talking or writing about death/suicide in direct/indirect ways
  • Change of behavior
  • Past and/or present substance abuse
  • History of depression or suicide in the family
  • Symptoms of Depression

SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION;
Symptoms of depression begin with a deep sense of sadness, despair, and/or a lack of joy or interest. You may also have at least 4 of these symptoms:

  • Change of appetite
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Trouble remembering, concentrating
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or hopelessness
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Decreased activity
  • Unexplained headaches or physical pain
  • Neglect of responsibilities and appearance
  • Withdrawal from family or friends
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

WHAT TO DO WHEN SOMEONE MAY BE SUICIDAL;

  • Ask the person outright. Most experts now agree the risk of planting an idea of suicide is much less than the danger of keeping quiet.
  • Take immediate steps to ensure safety. Eliminate access to firearms. Get the person to a physician and/or therapist.
  • Enlist family and community support.
  • Don’t leave the individual alone until help is in place.
  • If you are 18 or under, tell a responsible adult, counselor, pastor, or teacher.
  • If you think someone is about to act, call a hotline for help. Do not hesitate to call the police. The goal is to interrupt the moment.

THE CRISIS LINE;

  • If you or someone you care about is at risk for suicide call: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK

Thank you for your interest and support