One community, one family, one life at a time.

LiFE OF HOPE provides programs and resources to help people better understand the topic of suicide risk factors, ideation, behaviors, interventions, and the LiFE that exists through HOPE and healing.

Recognize the Signs

RECOGNIZE

Use the tabs below to learn about risk factors and behaviors


Risk Factors

Risk factors are not the same thing as behaviors or warning signs and do not predict or cause suicide attempt. They are however factors that have been documented through research and shown to contribute to suicidal ideation, behaviors, and action. The more risk factors and observed behaviors, the greater potential and need to take lifesaving action and get help immediately.


If you are experiencing or believe a loved one is demonstrating new or increased behaviors associated with suicide attempt, make every effort to do the following:

  • Get help now by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or dial 911
  • Remove yourself (or your loved one) from all means of self-harm such as weapons and medications.

Family/personal history of mental disorder(s):

Anxiety, depression, bi-polar, schizophrenia, and other personality disorders

Previous attempt(s):

History of one or more prior suicide attempts

History of abuse:

Having experienced or witnessed physical, mental, verbal, substance, or sexual abuse as a child or adult

Hopelessness: 

Deep feelings of helplessness and worry about the future with little hope of improved circumstances

Job or financial loss:

Fear or existence of economic challenges that threaten basic needs from being met or continued lifestyle status

Lack of purpose:

Feeling an inability to contribute equally to relationships or believing an unfair burden is being placed on others

Lack of health care:

Avoidance or inability to obtain mental health care or substance abuse treatment

Witness of war or violence:

Exposure to combat or conflict leading to injury or death

Chronic physical pain or illness:

Diagnosis or progressive pain from injury or disease that limits the enjoyment of life

Incarceration or loss of freedom:

Fearing or having limited control over personal choices

Exposure to local or online suicides:

Having had a family member, friend, or acquaintance attempt or die by suicide

No fear of death:

Lacking any fear of death or the desire to live

Loss of significant relationship:

Separation from or death of a spouse, close friend, or pet


Behaviors

Any of the following could be a pre-indication to a suicide attempt. New or increasing behaviors, especially those following a significant and difficult life change should especially be given attention. Not all suicidal individuals share verbal or written warnings with friends and family but 50-75% do. Some threaten multiple times without an attempt before action is taken. Every threat or questionable/unusual behavior should be taken seriously.


If you are experiencing or believe a loved one is demonstrating new or increased behaviors associated with suicide attempt, make every effort to do the following:

  • Get help now by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or dial 911
  • Remove yourself (or your loved one) from all means of self-harm such as weapons and medications.

Threatening self-harm or suicide:

writing or verbally communicating a feeling of worthlessness or despair and a desire to die or end it all

Mood swings:

extended periods of sadness and emotional outbursts or agitation

Researching methods:

looking for ways to attempt suicide online or through the purchase of or unexplained interest in method options such as a gun, poison, rope, or medications

Reckless behavior:

engaging in activities that put one’s life at risk with no apparent regard for the consequences

Withdrawal:

 

avoiding friends and social gatherings or showing loss of interest or enjoyment from activities that previously brought pleasure

Sleep problems:

trouble sleeping or sleeping more than normal for an extended period of time

Sudden calmness:

 

sudden sense of extreme or unexpected calmness following a period of depression or emotional outburst

Character and/or appearance changes:

 

shift in personal interests, attitude, or behaviors such as physical appearance or communication style

Increased alcohol or drug use:

greater than usual volume or frequency use of alcohol or drugs

Self-inflicted injury:

 

engaging in dangerous behavior with little remorse or concern for long-term consequences

Giving away personal belongings:

gifting or throwing out possessions with special meaning (saying goodbye)

Making arrangements:

 

unexpected actions indicating greater focus on personal affairs are of heightened interests including making or updating a will and writing notes that suggest an end point

Unexpected apologies:

amends with friends and family members for past misgivings

Save A Life

SAVE A LiFE

(lifesaving action)

If you or a loved one are struggling with suicidal feelings, you are not alone; many have at one or more points in their life. The important thing is to take steps toward hope and healing so you can face the pain and fear in a safe and hope-filled way.

Use the tabs below to learn more.


WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN’T GO ON
(dealing with suicidal thoughts and feelings)


ONE MORE DAY:

Give yourself 24 hours to put some space between your thoughts and actions. Just because you are considering the idea of suicide doesn’t mean you have to take action right now. Take your next 24 hours (or week) to re-evaluate your situation, thoughts, and actions.

SHARE YOUR FEELINGS:

Don’t keep your feelings to yourself. Find someone you can trust and break your silence. As isolated and alone as you feel, you are not alone. Reach out to a friend, family member, spiritual leader, teacher, therapist, doctor, or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). There is no shame in sharing the pain you are facing. In fact, talking to someone else is the key to discovering ways for overcome the challenges that are beyond your control or understanding.

TAKE HOPE:

Right now, it may be difficult to believe that anyone else could possibly understand the depth of your emptiness, hopelessness, and burdensome feelings. It may be even harder to understand how others have managed to survive and embrace a life they enjoy living. They have though, and you can too! Just give yourself the chance to discover what time and a new perspective have to offer. If you don’t already have one, you may want to begin by creating your own Personalized Safety & Survival Plan.


WHEN YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT SOMEBODY
(how to help someone who is suicidal)


ASK THE QUESTION:

Most individuals who consider the option of ending their life are afraid to directly say so. Rather, they may suggest their intent indirectly or display concerning behaviors. They will likely need someone like you who cares enough to help them break their silence. When it comes to suicide prevention, there are no easy answers. There are questions to ask (and questions to avoid) that will help you evaluate the situation, thoughts, and actions of someone you are concerned about.

LISTEN WITH AN OPEN MIND AND HEART:

It is natural to feel uncomfortable and afraid of the things you might hear from someone who may be suicidal and that you care about. The key is to engage in a conversation without judgment, remaining patient, calm, and empathetic. The ideas and perceptions of someone who is overwhelmed to a point of suicidal though will not be logical. Rather, they will likely be emotionally driven. Listen attentively and allow them to share freely no matter how negative the sharing may be. Simply offer hope and reassurance that you care, they are not alone, things can get better, and it’s okay to share their feelings with you.

SEEK ADDITIONAL SUPPORT AND RESOURCES:

Caring about someone who has lost hope and desires to end their pain by suicide can be a confusing and frightening experience. It is important to provide a safe environment for sharing and then seek additional resources to continue the path to hope and healing. There are specific individuals, helpful tools, and actions you should engage when helping somebody. For example, the next 24 hours are important in the life of your loved one. If they don’t already have one, help them create a Personalized Safety & Survival Plan. Also, do not leave a person alone if you believe they are suicidal and make sure to involve others in the effort to keep them safe.

This is not the time to stay quiet or serve as the only support person to your loved one. The more friends, family, and professional people involved, the better chance your loved one will not only avoid an attempt now but gain an expanded support and resource network for long-term healing. Keep in mind, it may take more than one event for your loved one to embrace the help that is being offered. Be patient and consistent in your efforts for suicide intervention.

Life of Hope Programs

PROGRAMS (you're not alone)

(you’re not alone)

You are not alone in helping someone in crisis. There are many resources available to assess, treat and intervene. Crisis lines, counselors, intervention programs and more are available to you, as well as to the person experiencing the emotional crisis that has lead you to our site.

OVERVIEW

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AWARENESS

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EDUCATION

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SUPPORT

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FOUR PART AWARENESS AND PREVENTION PROGRAM

  1. community education forum
  2. youth education & assessment
  3. peer-to-peer support group (learning to live)
  4. mental illness treatment

Our website is also a hub to resources to help individuals and families affected by suicide ideation, attempt, and death.

Why 'i' Matter

WHY "i" MATTER

Thoughts become beliefs. Beliefs can become action.

Personal affirmations of values, goals, and desires have the proven ability to transform thoughts and beliefs. Positive thoughts produce positive beliefs which in turn, produce positive outcomes.

  • is an affirmation of the many things (“i” am), (“i” believe), and (“i” have the potential to).
  • have value
  • am loved by someone, somewhere
  • have unique gifts and talents that make the world a better place
  • deserve the opportunity to live a happy, fulfilling life
  • am worthy of forgiveness and “i” have the capacity to forgive those who have hurt me
  • choose to have hope
  • believe “i” will get through this, whatever it is
  • am thankful for __________________________.
  • have the potential to be a positive example to others

What is your positive “i” affirmation?

YOU are the "i" in LiFE!

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