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What is Suicide?

  • Suicide is defined as death caused by self-directed injurious behavior with intent to die as a result of the behavior.

  • A suicide attempt is a non-fatal, self-directed, potentially injurious behavior with intent to die as a result of the behavior. A suicide attempt might not result in injury.

  • Suicidal ideation refers to thinking about, considering, or planning suicide.

Suicide Can Be Prevented

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Warning Signs

  • Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves

  • Talking about feeling empty or hopeless or having no reason to live

  • Talking about feeling trapped or feeling that there are no solutions

  • Feeling unbearable emotional or physical pain

  • Talking about being a burden to others

  • Withdrawing from family and friends

  • Giving away important possessions

  • Saying goodbye to friends and family

  • Putting affairs in order, such as making a will

  • Taking great risks that could lead to death, such as driving extremely fast

  • Talking or thinking about death often

Risk Factors

  • Depression, other mental disorders, or substance use disorder

  • Chronic pain

  • A history of suicide attempts

  • Family history of a mental disorder or substance use

  • Family history of suicide

  • Exposure to family violence, including physical or sexual abuse

  • Presence of guns or other firearms in the home

  • Having recently been released from prison or jail

  • Exposure, either directly or indirectly, to others' suicidal behavior, such as that of family members, peers, or celebrities

If  You Know Someone in Crisis

Call 988 - The Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.

Click here for more resources your area: 

Resources | Suicide Prevention

Reach Out to the 
Bristol-Burlington Health District

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240 Stafford Avenue
Bristol, CT 06010
Tel: 860-584-7682
Fax: 860-584-3814

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