A study by Washington University School of Medicine concluded that smoking my increase suicide risk. You can read that article here.
Mental health problems can lead to suicidal thoughts. George Washington University has links to more information on depression and other mental health issues that can lead towards suicide. This may help you recognize some warning signs, you can read more about those here.
Alcohol, similar to other intoxicants, can cause depression or bring on thoughts of suicide. If you are interested in learning more about alcohol abuse and suicide, you can read about that here.
Facebook: Clickhere to anonymously report someone as suicidal on Facebook. A member of Facebook’s Safety Team will send the user an e-mail with the Lifeline number and possibly a link to chat with Lifeline counselor.
Twitter: Click here and select “Self-Harm” to send an e-mail to Twitter reporting a suicidal user. Twitter will send the user a direct message with the Lifeline number.
YouTube: To report suicidal content, click on the flag icon under a video and select “Harmful Dangerous Acts” and then “Suicide or Self-Injury.” You Tube will then review the video and may send a message to the user that uploaded the video with the Lifeline number.
Tumblr: Click here to write an e-mail to Tumblr about a suicidal user. Include as much information as possible including the URL of the Tumblr blog. A member of Tumblr’s Safety Team will send the user an e-mail with the Lifeline number.
Instagram: To report threats of suicide or self-harm on Instagram: Tap “…” below the post, Tap Report Inappropriate, Select This Photo Puts People At Risk > Self-Harm.
Call 911 is someone threatens to kill or hurt themselves
It can be scary when a friend or loved one is talking about suicide. Let us help you through it. If someone you know has any warning signs we encourage you to call 911. The dispatchers at 911 will send someone to do a wellness check to ensure the safety and welfare of the person you are worried about. You can also call the suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and talk with a crisis counselor to find out what resources are available in your area.
Don't be afraid to ask for help!
Need more information? The Suicide Prevention Lifeline or Barry County Community Mental Health Authority are here to help.
College can be a stressful time, and there are plenty of tools available. www.affordablecollegesonline.org's resource center has provided an abundance of information on suicide prevention.
They have help available 24 hours a day and are located in Hastings. They offer many mental health care services to families, children, adults and seniors.
This site lists numerous resources and also has an confidential assessment that will enable them to tailor resources to your needs. It also has a facility search to find treatment centers nearby.
Substance Abuse and Suicide:
There is a correlation to substance abuse and mental health. This can lead to suicidal thoughts or tendencies. Treatment for substance abuse may decrease the risk for those tendencies.
Other Resources and Links
How to Contact Safety Teams at Social Media Sites:
IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY, DIAL 911!