Suicide Prevention

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Overview of Suicide
Suicide Risk Factors
Suicide Warning Signs
Suicide Prevention
Personal Stories

Overview of Suicide

If you or a loved one are even casually thinking about suicide, this is a medical emergency! Call your local emergency number (911 in the U.S.) or go to your local Emergency Room right away.

You probably feel like you do not want to call for help, or that you do not feel up to it. But muster all the strength you have left and call for help anyway! You do not need to suffer in silence anymore! Call for help NOW and keep calling until you find the help you need. I promise you that some day, you'll be very glad you called for help!

Suicide Risk Factors

Suicidality in Chronic Pain: Predictors of Suicidal Ideation in Fibromyalgia (FMS). The presence of suicidal ideation in FMS patients is closely related to comorbid depression, anxiety and to a higher impact of the disease in daily life. PubMed, Pain Pract, 2014 Apr 1. (Also see Fibromyalgia)

Suicide Risk, Affective and Anxiety Disorders in Patients with Systemic Sclerosis. Less than 50% of SSc patients with severe depression received adapted psychiatric treatment. The high prevalence of major depression and anxiety disorders in SSc patients can no longer be ignored and systematic screening and psychiatric treatment interventions are needed. (Article Out of Print) Thierry Baubet. 1689/514. ACR 2004. (Also see Depression)

Suicide Warning Signs

Suicide Risk Factors and Warning Signs. Call 1-800-273-TALK if you or someone you know exhibits any of the following signs:

U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Suicide: Offering help and support when someone is suicidal. Not everyone who thinks or talks about suicide actually attempts it. But it's not true that people who talk about suicide won't really try it. That's why it's important to take them seriously, especially if they have depression or another mental disorder or are intoxicated or behaving impulsively. Mayo Clinic.

Suicide Prevention Resources

Suicide Hotlines (Worldwide Phone Numbers and Email Crisis Support). Call for comfort, call to survive. do not wait! Call someone now. This web site has suicide hotline and email support numbers for the U.S. and worldwide.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If you need help, please dia 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Suicide Treatments

Combining Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy with Safety Planning Intervention to Reduce Suicidal Behavior. Treatments delivered in a group setting showed promise in increasing feelings of connectedness and was deemed safe. Depression, hopelessness and suicidal thinking decreased. Participants gave positive feedback on both the mindfulness training component and the safety planning. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Personal Stories

Charmaine C: Lichen Sclerosus and Scleroderma Soon multiple spots developed across my abdomen, with a few stray ones on my forearms and more on the left leg…

Judy R. Thompson Devlin: Diffuse Scleroderma with CREST He said 1 in 200 people get a disease in their lifetime, and that scleroderma was like having 20-30 diseases at once…

Robin H: End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)/Transplant Recipient It has been almost two years now since my kidney transplant. I am doing better than ever…

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