What is Suicide?
Suicide describes the voluntary and intentional takings of one’s own life.
Yearly, there are more than 37,000 suicides committed and hundreds of thousands suicides attempted in the United States. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among teens in Mississippi. For every attempt and suicide made, there are countless friends, family members, and loved ones who are affected.
Fact or Fiction?
Use the buttons to the side to learn about common misconceptions about suicide.
Common Myths About Suicide.
The goal of suicide prevention at DREAM of Hattiesburg is to educate and provide the tools necessary to aid in the fight against suicide. Below are some resources specific to Mississippi.
SPRC Online Lifeline Postvention
After Suicide School Toolkit
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
A — Acknowledge that there is a problem and issue. Don’t ignore it.
C — Care for that person. Let him/her know that you are a friend and want to help.
T — Tell someone. This is often the hardest part, however; this person needs help. Tell someone immediately. A trusted adult, a member of the clergy, a teacher, a parent or anyone else you trust can help you. Tell them immediately.
Don’t ignore the issue.
Don’t keep it a secret.
Don’t leave until you have contacted help.
Don’t try to fix this alone.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center hosts a training workshop for assisting LGBTQ youth. More information can be found on the SPRC website.
Lifeline Online Postvention Manual
Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools
After Suicide Toolkit for Schools
SUICIDE RISK FACTORS AND BEHAVIORS IN VETERANS:
- Major Depression
- Drugs and alcohol
- Unusual perceptions of reality
- Bipolar Disorder
- Talking about death
- Expressing hopelessness
- Lack of interest in general activites
- Insomnia, panic attacks and anxiety attacks
- Trouble with the law
- Searching for suicide methods
- Aggression and impulsive behavior
- Intense and unstable mood swings
- History of suicide attempts or suicide in the family
WHAT DO YOU DO?
- Express your concern
- Don’t leave him or her alone
- Take him or her to a clinic, emergency room, or call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255)
- Encourage him or her to seek professional assistance
- Provide support during recovery
- Help maintain social connections
- Restrict access to weapons, narcotics, or any other possible tools for suicide.
VA – Mental Health
Coming Home Project
VA – PTSD
Returning Service Members
Make the Connection
Half of Us
Coalition for Veterans
Army Help Video
The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act was ratified and signed into law in 2004, and grantees have been funded by SAMHSA since 2005. Grantees are funded for three years to implement best practice suicide prevention programs among youth ages 10-24, and all grantees report into a nationwide cross-site evaluation for the GLS program. To learn more on cross-site evaluation findings for past grants, please visit:
Suicide Prevention Data Center.
Mississippi Youth Suicide Prevention Project
Mississippi’s Youth Suicide Prevention Project, will be utilized to support Mississippi in strengthening and implementing statewide youth suicide prevention strategies through collaboration with youth-serving institutions and agencies such as educational institutions, providers of substance abuse prevention and treatment programs, providers of mental health programs, and community based coalitions reaching out to at-risk youth throughout our state. The population of focus will include youth, ages 15-24, throughout MS. The population of focus will also include community level gatekeepers throughout MS. Available, approachable, and accessible community level gatekeepers that blend public and private entities are key to motivating entire communities to take action to prevent youth suicide and promote good mental health. This project seeks to develop broad based support for youth suicide prevention from community level gatekeepers so that prepared community level gatekeepers are engaged in activities that are coordinated and address strategies outlined in Mississippi’s Youth Suicide Prevention Plan.
Additionally, Mississippi seeks to engage youth in planning and implementing youth suicide prevention strategies, particularly those activities that relate to social marketing and conducting information and awareness campaigns through the use of “new media”. Mississippi’s project will support SAMHSA’s goals that include: increase the number of persons in youth serving organizations that are trained to identify and refer youth at-risk for suicide; increase the number of health, mental health and substance abuse providers trained to assess, manage and treat youth at risk for suicide; increase the number of youth identified as at risk for suicide, increase the number of youth referred for behavioral health care services; increase the number of youth at risk for suicide who receive behavioral health care services; and increases the promotion of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Mississippi will maximize our ability to prevent, intervene, and respond to our youth suicide crisis; while striving to achieve the ultimate goal of reducing the incidents of youth suicide in our state.