September is Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month

Prevent Suicide

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office recognizes September as Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month. For further information, please visit There is always hope! #putnamsheriffNY #putnamcountyNY #suicideprevention #suicideawareness #betheone2 I’m Concerned About Myself If you are in crisis:

  • Call 911
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Text “Got5” to 741-741

If you are thinking about suicide, take steps to keep yourself safe:

  • Make a promise to yourself not to do anything right now. Remind yourself suicidal thoughts come and go
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make your home safe by removing anything that could be used to hurt yourself.
  • Stay hopeful. People do get through this.
  • Reach out to someone you trust for help.
  • Contact your primary or mental health care provider and make an appointment. Visit the New York State Office of Mental Health Program Directory to find a behavioral health provider near you.

If you are not sure how to talk about your suicidal thoughts, here are some things that might help:

  • Describe your internal thoughts.
  • If you have a plan to complete suicide, explain it to someone you trust.
  • Specifically say that you are thinking about suicide.
  • If you do not feel comfortable saying these things out loud: write a note, email, or a text and sit with someone you trust while they read your message.

I’m Concerned About Someone If you are worried that someone is in immediate danger or may have already acted on suicidal thoughts, call 911. Look for the signs. Most people thinking about suicide show warning signs before taking action. These include:

  • Talking about killing oneself, feeling hopeless, having no reason to live, being a burden to others, feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Looking for ways to end their lives
  • Saying goodbye
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Aggression, fatigue, sleeping too much or too little
  • Displaying moods of depression, anxiety, loss of interest, irritability, humiliation, shame, agitation, or anger
  • Relief or sudden improvement

Pay attention to new or uncharacteristic behavior. Has your loved one experienced a painful event, loss or change? Take any talk of suicide seriously. Someone who is suicidal may say things like:

  • “I don’t know how much longer I can take this”
  • “They will be sorry once I’m gone”
  • “I wish I could go to sleep and never wake up”
  • “I’ve been saving up my pills in case things get really bad”

Take action. If someone you know is exhibiting any of these warning signs:

  • Ask them openly and directly if they are thinking about suicide
  • Ask them to tell you about what has been going on and LISTEN to them.
  • Avoid discussing the value of life, minimizing problems, or giving advice
  • Link them to additional resources, let them know it is important to get help, and stay with them while exploring options

Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Crisis Text Line: Text ‘Got5’ to 741-741. Learn more about the #BeThe1To campaign to spread the message about the five steps everyone can take to help someone in crisis.

Article | by Dr. Radut