September is Suicide Prevention Month
In recognition of Suicide Prevention Month, Skokie Health and Human Services staff are here to guide community members with information about area resources to help with education, and access to support services, to help loved ones to take part in prevention. In recent years, the CDC, has stated “Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities”. By removing the stigma of asking for help, starting the conversation, getting treatment and support; these are key steps to saving lives and getting help during a difficult time.
Know the Warning Signs (from 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline)
Becoming familiar with warning signs may help a loved one who might be at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change.
If you or someone you know exhibits any of these, seek help by calling the Lifeline, now known as 988.
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, like 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
- Extreme mood swings
For anyone experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, or anyone who knows someone who is, there are various resources available, including:
- 24 Hour National Suicide Prevention Hotline is now 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Dial 988
- National Crisis Text Line 24 Hours: The Crisis Text Line is available 24/7 for free crisis support by text message. Anyone in a crisis can connect with a Crisis Counselor by texting ‘HOME’ to 741741.
- Veterans 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: (800) 273-8255 Press 1 or text 838-255
- IL Domestic Violence Hotline: (877) 863-6338/ National Hotline: (800) 799-7233
- Trevor Project Hotline (LGBTQ+): (866) 488-7386/ TrevorText: text START to 678-678
- JCFS Warm Line Connection (855) 275-5237
- State of IL Call4Calm Text Line Service: text TALK to 552-020 or HABLAR for Spanish Services
For questions or direction about what may be most helpful for you, contact Human Services at 847/933-8208.