Since September has been declared Suicide Prevention month we are publishing this blog to support information and resources available for families and veterans from the website VeteransCrisisLine.net.
The banner and video below show the concept of The Power of One and how much it can make a difference in saving the lives of those who risked their lives for us. Below those is a checklist of Learning How to Recognize the Signs that a veteran needs help.
One of the most important areas of this Veterans Crisis website is Learn How to Recognize the Signs. We are reproducing the complete text here so that we can get the information out and possible help a veteran now. We are posting the link to this blog on our Facebook page (http://www.Facebook.com/VTGolden) and ask that you share it with others who may appreciate knowing this information.
Learn to Recognize the SignsMany Veterans may not show any signs of intent to harm themselves before doing so, but some actions can be a sign that a Veteran needs help. Veterans in crisis may show behaviors that indicate a risk of harming themselves.
Veterans who are considering suicide often show signs of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and/or hopelessness, such as:
- Appearing sad or depressed most of the time
- Clinical depression: deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating—that doesn’t go away or continues to get worse
- Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep
- Neglecting personal welfare, deteriorating physical appearance
- Withdrawing from friends, family, and society, or sleeping all the time
- Losing interest in hobbies, work, school, or other things one used to care about
- Frequent and dramatic mood changes
- Expressing feelings of excessive guilt or shame
- Feelings of failure or decreased performance
- Feeling that life is not worth living, having no sense of purpose in life
- Talk about feeling trapped—like there is no way out of a situation
- Having feelings of desperation, and saying that there’s no solution to their problems
- Performing poorly at work or school
- Acting recklessly or engaging in risky activities—seemingly without thinking
- Showing violent behavior such as punching holes in walls, getting into fights or self-destructive violence; feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
- Looking as though one has a “death wish,” tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving fast or running red lights
- Giving away prized possessions
- Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, and/or making out a will
- Seeking access to firearms, pills, or other means of harming oneself
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