Suicide Prevention

Friday, May 11, 2012

Looking out for friends and loved ones is an important part of preventing suicide. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the things to watch for and what to do if you or a loved in considering suicide in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

There is no one reason why people start thinking about suicide; however, depression and other mental illnesses can lead to suicidal thoughts. Certain life events, such as the death of a family member or friend, can also cause these thoughts.

There are many ways to help people with suicidal thoughts, including counseling and medicine. If your loved one needs more help, he or she may need to go to a hospital for treatment.

Many people who know someone who committed suicide blame themselves or are angry, but you are not to blame. After someone you know commits suicide, it is important to take care of yourself and get help if needed.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, get help immediately by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or going to your doctor or a hospital. It is important to remove weapons and dangerous medicines, including prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines like Tylenol, to a safe place away from your loved one. Make sure your loved one is not alone.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.