OUR MISSION:

Military Spouses of Strength is a national nonprofit organization with a mission

to improve the health and overall wellness within the military community.


what are the signs

help prevent suicide- pain isn't always apparent

 

  • Increased alcohol or drug abuse. Ex. Your friend used to drink only socially, now drinking every night.
  • Talking about wanting to die. Ex. Loved one talks about not being able to take pressure, wants to end it.
  • Increased Anger. 
  • No sense of purpose. Ex. Don't want others to worry about them any longer.
  • Hopelessness. Ex. "Things will never get any better."
  • Changes in sleep. Ex. Sleep more or can't sleep at all.
  • Reckless Behavior. Ex. Taking unnecessary risks.
  • Increased Anxiety. 
  • Put things "in order." Ex. Creating a will.
  • Giving away items. 
  • Mood changes. Ex. Mood uncharacteristic
  • Isolation. Ex. Stop doing things they once found pleasure in. 


HAVE THE CONVERSATION


LEARN HOW TO START THE CONVERSATION WHEN CONCERNED ABOUT PREVENTING SUICIDE WITH A LOVED ONE


  • DO NOT speak in a manner that is condescending
  • DO NOT speak in sentences that would suggest you are looking for an "NO" Ex. You aren't thinking about killing yourself are you?
  •  HAVE Suicide crisis resources available before the conversation.
  • Discuss the signs that are leading to your concern.
  • As hard as it may be, ask the person directly if they are contemplating suicide.
  • If they answer "yes," when asked if they are thinking of ending it all; stay calm and call 911, or a Suicide Prevention Crisis Line. DO NOT leave the person unattended.
  •  Listen to the person as they describe why they want to die and to live. Reassure the reasons they have to live.
  • Show you care, through expressing your genuine concern. 
  • Talk Safety. Ask the person if they have any lethal weapons that are accessible. (guns, knives, prescription drugs) Without putting yourself in way of harm remove the items. If you are concerned for your safety, call 911.
  • Ask the person what will keep them safe until they can talk to a professional. 
  • Ask if they can refrain from using drugs and/or alcohol until they can get help.
  • Receive a verbal confirmation that the person will not act on thoughts of harm. 
  •  Provide the person with resources.
  • If you feel that the situation is dire take the person to a walk-in crisis center, call 911 or another Suicide Crisis Line. (For numbers visit our Find Help page).