The recent deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade have started a much-needed dialogue about suicide — the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. — and mental health in America.
Oftentimes when someone takes their own life, it leaves their loved ones and friends wondering why — and wondering if they missed indications that the person was suffering.WATCH: Suicide Is A Leading Cause Of Death In The United States; What’s Causing People To Take Their Own Life?
Dr. Phil, who is joined by Coach Mike Bayer
, shares warning signs of someone who is at risk for suicide to be aware of in others – and yourself.
“These are recognizable; this doesn’t come out of the blue,” Dr. Phil says.
Coach Mike adds, “I think a lot of people are confused because a lot of people say, ‘I saw no sign.’ But there may have been signs they just didn’t look for.” Warning Signs
- Talking about suicide as an option
- Researching ways to kill themselves
- They feel or talk about hopelessness
- Feeling like a burden to others
- Feeling trapped, backed into a corner, legal or financial problems, disappointed people in life and can’t fix the situation, unbearable pain
- Withdrawing from friends, family, church, activities – pulling back from life altogether, sleeping more, self-medicate with drugs or alcohol
- Telling people goodbye
- Giving away prized possessions
- Shame, anger and rage
- Prior suicidal behavior
- Engaging in high-risk behavior
- Substantial shift to positive for no observable reason
“You are not alone,” Dr. Phil emphasizes. “There are alternatives.”
In the video above, hear more of the warning signs and learn about environments that may contribute to someone wanting to end their life. And, learn about the contagion effect.
And, next, Dr. Phil and Coach Mike will discuss a plan of action if you see these warning signs in yourself or someone else. Check back soon on DrPhil.com to learn more. If you or someone you know needs help, reach out:Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255Visit: SuicidePreventionLifeline.orgJoin the movement: BeThe1To.com, #BeThe1To