Keystone recognizes Suicide Prevention Awareness Month


Behavior therapists at Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics know that suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people.

Suicide is often the result of mental health conditions that affect people when they are most vulnerable. That’s why Keystone mental health therapists take seriously any suicidal thoughts expressed by the children they serve. And, that’s why Keystone supports efforts to promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how people can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm.

To increase awarenecommunity-walks_walkfeaturess in the local community about the issues surrounding suicide, Team Keystone will be participating in the Out of the Darkness Jacksonville Walk by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-North Florida Chapter. Get involved in promoting suicide awareness by joining Team Keystone on the walk, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, starting at 8:45 a.m. at the Jacksonville Landing in downtown J
acksonville and ending at 11 a.m. You can also donate funds to help AFSP in its efforts to understand and prevent suicide through research, education and advocacy and to reach out to people with mental disorders and those who have felt the impact of suicide.

Suicide Warning Signs

AFSP notes that people who kill themselves exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do. The more warning signs, the greater the risk.

If a person talks about:

  • Killing themselves.
  • Having no reason to live.
  • Being a burden to others.
  • Feeling trapped.
  • Unbearable pain.

New or Increased Behavior, such as:

  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means.
  • Acting recklessly.
  • Withdrawing from activities.
  • Isolating from family and friends.
  • Sleeping too much or too little.
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye.
  • Giving away prized possessions.
  • Aggression.

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