Facts about suicide

Posted April 28, 2011, at 6:56 p.m.

Sources: Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Resources: The Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, has a wealth of information about suicide as well as common risk factors and frequently asked questions online at: http://www.maine.gov/suicide/index.htm

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a national advocacy organization, also has detailed data and resources, both for professionals and for those at risk of suicide on its website:  http://www.afsp.org/

The statewide suicide hotline referral number is 1-888-568-1112

In Bangor, the Youth Crisis Stabilization Program for children aged 6-19 can be reached at 1-800-499-9130

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK

Common risk factors:

Psychiatric disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental illness.

Alcohol or drug abuse, particularly if combined with depression.

Past history of attempted suicide

Genetic predisposition

Impulsivity

Common warning signs:

Strong feelings of pessimism, hopelessness or desperation

Sleep problems

Increased alcohol and-or other drug use

Threatening suicide, expressing a strong wish to die or making a plan

Giving away possessions

http://bangordailynews.com/2011/04/28/health/facts-about-suicide/ printed on July 31, 2014