Suicide Doesn’t Discriminate.
People of all ages, races and genders can suffer from depression and are susceptible to suicidal thoughts.
Actions are motivated by compassion in providing solutions and services for individuals to help rise above personal crisis and trauma. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, anxiety and/or is experiencing suicidal thoughts we can help.
Suicide Warning Signs
Individual, relationship, community, and societal factors may influence the risk of suicide. Everyone can help prevent suicide by knowing the warning signs:
- Feeling like a burden
- Being isolated
- Increased anxiety
- Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Increased substance use
- Looking for a way to access lethal means
- Increased anger or rage
- Extreme mood swings
- Expressing hopelessness
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Talking or posting about wanting to die
- Making plans for suicide
A combination of situations could lead someone to consider suicide. Risk factors increase the possibility of suicide, but they might not be direct causes.
- Previous suicide attempt
- Mental illness, such as depression
- Social isolation
- Criminal problems
- Financial problems
- Impulsive or aggressive tendencies
- Job problems or loss
- Legal problems
- Serious illness
- Substance use disorder
- Adverse childhood experiences such as child abuse and neglect
- Family history of suicide
- Relationship problems such as a break-up, violence, or loss
- Sexual violence
- Barriers to health care
- Cultural and religious beliefs such as a belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal problem
- Suicide cluster in the community
- The stigma associated with mental illness or help-seeking
- Easy access to lethal means such as firearms or medications
- Unsafe media portrayals of suicide
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and particularly alarming in Indiana. Every eight hours a Hoosier dies from suicide and two times as many people die annually from suicide in Indiana than by homicide.
If you need immediate emergency intervention call 800-333-2647.
Meridian also provides Zero Suicide Initiative training, Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) to healthcare professionals, teachers and those in education as well as local organizations throughout Indiana communities in an attempt to help identify people who may be struggling mentally with depression or suicidal thoughts and connect them with the help they need to save their life. For more information on Zero Suicide Initiative training please contact email@example.com