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Suicide prevention awareness

We want you to know that suicide is preventable and help is always available.The best way to stop suicide is to get help as soon as you think you or your loved one is depressed.

Learn the warning signs. Getting help early can help save a life. And remember - with help comes hope.

Help Prevent Suicide

Know someone who's depressed? Acting strange? Withdrawn? Reach out! Listen. Be there to help a friend. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). There is help. You've got this!

Risk factors or contributing factors

Common risk factors include:

  • Substance use
  • Money worries
  • Relationship and family problems
  • Bullying or lack of social acceptance
  • Family history of suicide
  • History of abuse/trauma
  • Mental and physical illness
  • Loneliness

What to look for

Many people show common warning signs when they feel down or have suicidal thoughts. Look out for:

  • Sudden change in normal behavior, like wanting to be alone
  • Sudden change in sleep pattern
  • Sudden change in eating habits
  • Acting hopeless
  • Bad temper
  • Giving away favorite items
  • Talking about suicide

If you see these signs, get professional help right away. The sooner you step in, the better chance there is for a full recovery.

With help comes hope

If you or a loved one feels sad, trapped or alone, know that help is always available.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK)
Your call to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call is private and free. When you call, you will talk with the crisis center closest to you. You will be helped by a trained crisis worker. The worker will listen to your problems. They will also tell you about mental health services in your area.

Recoverymonth.gov
Recovery Month spreads a positive message:

  • Behavioral health is vital to overall health
  • Prevention and treatment work
  • People can and do recover

Recoverymonth.gov offers moving tales of successful recovery. It also offers tools to help you or a loved one seek mental help.

PerformCare Member Services numbers

  • Capital Area (Cumberland-Perry, Dauphin, Lancaster, and Lebanon Counties): 1-888-722-8646 (TTYD: 1-800-654-5984 or PA Relay 711)
  • Bedford and Somerset Counties: 1-866-773-7891 (TTYD: 1-800-654-5984 or PA Relay 711)
  • Franklin and Fulton Counties: 1-866-773-7917 (TTYD: 1-800-654-5984 or PA Relay 711)