Often, what appears to be a singular, external pressure or occurrence is merely “the last straw” when added to ongoing stressors, depression, and/ or hopelessness. Suicide is the result of a long-term “wearing away”- an erosion of the person’s ability to cope.
Preventing suicide is one of our society’s greatest challenges. That’s why The Flint Hills Volunteer Center has developed this Suicide Awareness P.A.C.T. program.
P.A.C.T. stands for Prevention, Awareness, Compassion, and Training.
Seek Immediate Help
– Threatening or talking of wanting to hurt or kill themselves
– Seeking access to lethal means
– Talking, writing, or drawing about death/ dying/ suicide
Seek Help ASAP
– Withdrawing from friends, family, & society
– Acting reckless or engaging in risky behavior
– Giving away favorite possessions
– Increased drug and/ or alcohol use
– Anxiety, significant changes in sleep habits
– Rage & uncontrolled anger
– Verbal cues about not being needed/ wanted; people being better without them
– Previous attempts
– Family or relationship issues (such as conflict, neglect, finances, or abuse)
– Work or school stressors (such as a hostile environment, bullying, or stress)
– Access to lethal means
– Health (mental or physical)