In recent years, a series of bullying-related suicides in the US and across the globe have drawn attention to the connection between bullying and suicide. Though many adults still see bullying as "just part of being a kid," it is a serious problem that leads to many negative effects for victims, including suicide. Many people may not realize that there is also a link between being a bully and committing suicide. Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University. Also, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more people now die of suicide than in car accidents. In 2010 there were 33,687 deaths from motor vehicle crashes and 38,364 suicides.

What leads to suicide?

There’s no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide. Yet it’s important to note that most people who actively manage their mental health conditions lead fulfilling lives.

Suicide Warning Signs

Something to look out for when concerned that a person may be suicidal is a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors. This is of sharpest concern if the new or changed behavior is related to a painful event, loss, or change. Most people who take their lives exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do.

 

Talk

If a person talks about:

  • Being a burden to others

  • Feeling trapped

  • Experiencing unbearable pain

  • Having no reason to live

  • Killing themselves

SOURCE: afsp.org

Behavior

Specific things to look out for include:

  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs

  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means

  • Acting recklessly

  • Withdrawing from activities

  • Isolating from family and friends

  • Sleeping too much or too little

  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye

  • Giving away prized possessions

  • Aggression

Mood

People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:

  • Depression

  • Loss of interest

  • Rage

  • Irritability

  • Humiliation

  • Anxiety

Louisiana Suicide Hotlines

 

NEW ORLEANS
River Oaks Hospital 
Trauma Stabilization Program

1-800-366-1740 

(504) 269-COPE (2673) 
1-800-749-COPE (2673) 

211 Information & Referral 
Youth Link
(504) 895-2550 

ALEXANDRIA 
First Call For Help 
United Way of Central Louisiana 
Information & Referral Only
(318) 443-2255

BATON ROUGE 
Crisis Intervention Center 
(225) 924-3900

Outside Baton Rouge
1-800-437-0303
(225) 437-0303

DE RIDDER
Beauregard De Ridder Community
(318) 462-0609

JEFFERSON 
RHD - Mobile Crisis Service / ACT  
(504) 734-2112

LAFAYETTE 
Serving Lafayette, Acadiana and beyond
232-HELP / 211 

Southwest Louisiana
Education & Referral Center 
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm with
24 hour on-call services for emergencies

Information & Referral Line
(337) 232-4357 (HELP)

LEESVILLE
Vernon Parish Crisis Hotline 
(337) 239-HELP
(337) 239-4357

METAIRIE 
Copeline Crisis Line 
(504) 523-2673

MONROE
(318) 387-5683


Y.W.C.A.
Telphone Crisis Counseling 
Young Women's Christian Association
(318) 323-1505
1-800-716-7233
Serving Northeast Louisiana

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