People who kill themselves exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or do. The more warning signs, the greater the risk. People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:. It may also be helpful to save several emergency numbers to your cell phone. The ability to get immediate help for yourself or for a friend can make a difference. We encourage you to download and share t his infographic with your communities. Make a donation to ADAA in honor of a loved one. ADAA is not a direct service organization. ADAA does not provide psychiatric, psychological, or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. For the Public For Professionals.
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Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at All calls are confidential. Dial and Press 1 to talk to someone or send a text message to to connect with a VA responder. You can also start a confidential online chat session at veteranscrisisline. Suicide is a major public health concern. Over 48, people died by suicide in the United States in ; it is the 10th leading cause of death overall.
The Maine Suicide Prevention Program training schedule, containing training details and registration information, is located at the bottom of this page. The Beyond the Basics conference serves as a "best practice" conference offering participants in-depth and progressive information and the latest research in the field of suicide and suicide prevention. The conference is designed for an audience of professionals and individuals who have attained basic training and knowledge in suicide and suicide prevention and wish to expand their knowledge and ability to engage in suicide prevention. They also link behavioral health providers across the state to suicide prevention training. MPCA links primary care professionals, including clinicians in school based health centers and Indian Health Services, to suicide prevention training. MMA works to increase outreach and education to clinicians related to suicide assessment — including on-site training and technical assistance. These collaborations provide an experienced team and exceptional statewide MSPP training programs and services. Suicide is often preventable.
Lemmings are small creatures with wild reputations. In the 17th century, naturalists perplexed by the habit of Norway lemmings to suddenly appear in large numbers, seemingly out of nowhere, came to the conclusion that the animals were being spontaneously generated in the sky and then falling to earth like rain. The prosaic truth is that they migrate in herds. Some people also thought that lemmings explode if they become sufficiently angry. This is also a myth, of course—lemmings are indeed one of the more irascible rodents, but they mostly channel their rage into fights with other lemmings. People probably came up with the notion of exploding lemmings after seeing the picked-over lemming carcasses that were left behind following a migration. Instinct, it is said, drives them to kill themselves whenever their population becomes unsustainably large. Lemmings do not commit suicide. However, this particular myth is based on some actual lemming behaviors. Lemmings have large population booms every three or four years.