97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Suicide Prevention Month

by Matt Malone & Rose Willson

Aired: 9.9.2019

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide. The word alone can make someone uncomfortable. Talking about suicide is never easy, however, it can save you or someone you know just by having a conversation. This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses how to identify the signs someone may be considering suicide along with resources available to help someone in need.

Suicide Warning Signs

Listed below are some behavioral indicators that may mean someone is at risk for suicide.

  • Displaying extreme mood swings.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Acting anxious/agitated and showing reckless behavior.
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Talking about wanting to die or kill themselves.
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves.

The Conversation

You don’t have to be an expert to ask someone if they are having thoughts of harming themselves. Don’t be afraid to ask the tough question. Just one simple question can help save a life. When someone you know is in emotional pain, ask them directly: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” If their response is yes, provide/guide them to the resources available in your community.

Suicide Prevention Resources

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network – Established Patients

Woodlands Behavioral Healthcare Network – Cass County

Riverwood Center – Berrien County

Your Local Emergency Room

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

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