National Suicide Prevention Month is recognized annually in September to raise awareness about suicide prevention and treatment as well as warning signs and how to get help when it is needed most.
Dallas ISD holds the safety and well-being of students and team members alike at the highest priority, and encourages everyone to learn the warning signs and get the support they—or those around them—need.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), warning signs of suicide include:
- Increased substance use and abuse
- Feelings of emptiness, hopelessness or being trapped
- Significant mood swings
- Talk of wanting to die or being a burden
- Withdrawal from friends and relatives
- Feelings of intense guilt or shame
- Making a plan or researching ways to die
- Eating or sleeping more or less
- Acting impulsively or recklessly
Anyone who is experiencing a crisis can get immediate support by contacting the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline in English or Spanish at 988. Additionally, people can access the NAMI HelpLine from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., by calling 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), texting “HelpLine” to 62640, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s OK to not be OK. Reach out for help, and encourage those around you to do the same. Together, we can break the stigma around mental illness and help prevent crises.
Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness