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For Immediate Release
August 13, 2014

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Suicide: If You’re Thinking About It, Get Help

Lincoln—The number of suicides in Nebraska is nearly equal to the number of people dying as the result of motor vehicle accidents. According to the director of behavioral health at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Scot. L. Adams, 217 Nebraskans died from suicide last year, compared to 234 people who died from motor vehicle accidents.
These deaths and the passing of comic Robin Williams show that there is a need for suicide prevention awareness, said Adams.
“Anyone can reach out to family, friends or colleagues that they’re concerned about and help them get the help they need,” he said.  “There are resources for people considering suicide.”
The following signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide:
  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

“Depression can affect anyone,” said Adams.  “If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide please reach out.  Call the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the Nebraska Family Helpline at 1-888-866-8660.”