According to SAMHSA (http://blog.samhsa.gov/
· Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself.
· Looking for a way to kill oneself (e.g., searching online for ways to die, or buying a gun).
· Comments about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
· Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain.
· References to being a burden to others.
· Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
· Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
· Sleeping too little or too much.
· Withdrawing or feeling isolated.
· Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
· Displaying extreme mood swings.
According to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (http://www.afsp.org/
Big Elephant believes that getting resources out to the public, raising awareness and reducing stigma is a key component in being able to decrease these numbers and prevent suicide. Also, making sure that young people know they will not get in trouble for reaching out for help is a missing component in much of today’s public awareness initiatives.
Jason Morrow of Big Elephant, comments, “Many teens and young adults are afraid to reach out for the help they so desperately need. Getting the word out that it’s okay to ask for help is a tremendous way to help alleviate more tragedies such as suicide.”
About Big Elephant: This nonprofit organization provides and improves access to mental health and substance abuse information, assistance and recovery resources such as prevention, screening, assessment, and treatment for young people who would otherwise not be exposed to through its network of volunteers, donors and partners. Services include outreach activities and education through events such as Growing Hope for Businesses (http://www.bigelephant.org/