In order to prevent suicide, it is important to be aware of the warning signs of suicidal thoughts and feelings.
Take any suicidal talk or behavior seriously. It's not just a warning sign that the person is thinking about suicide - it's a cry for help.
|Suicide Warning Signs from Helpguide.org|
|Talking about suicide||Any talk about suicide, dying, or self-harm. Includes statements such as "I wish I hadn't been born," "If I see you again...," "I want out" and "I'd be better off dead."|
|Seeking out lethal means||Looking for ways to commit suicide. Seeking access to guns, pills, knives, or other objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.|
|Preoccupation with death||Unusual focus on death, dying or violence. Writing poems or stories about death.|
|No hope for the future||Feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and being trapped ("There's no way out"). Belief that things will never get better or change.|
|Self-loathing, self-hatred||Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, shame and self-hatred. Feeling like a burden ("Everyone would be better off without me").|
|Getting affairs in order||Making out a will. Giving away prized possessions. Making arrangements for family members.|
|Saying goodbye||Unusual or unexpected visits or calls to family and friends. Saying goodbye to people as if they won't be seen again.|
|Withdrawing from others||Withdrawing from friends and family. Increasing social isolation. Desire to be left alone.|
|Self-destructive behavior||Increased alcohol or drug use, reckless driving or unsafe sex. Taking unnecessary risks as if they have a "death wish."|
|Sudden sense of calm||A sudden sense of calm and happiness after being extremely depressed can mean that the person has made a decision to commit suicide.|
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988. This number can be dialed from anywhere in the United States 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You can also contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 1-800-755-7002. The EAP provides all CBP employees and their eligible family members with up to 12 free face-to-face counseling sessions with a licensed counselor. All services provided by the EAP are free of charge and completely confidential.