Nobody likes being in jail, but some people who find themselves here may be more overwhelmed by the experience than others or they are worried about other things going on in their lives. Sadly, a percentage of those people feel desperate enough that they think about taking their own life.
If at any time a loved one, friend, or relative shares thoughts or shows signs of suicide or hopelessness, or if their behavior makes you think s/he may be contemplating suicide, please alert an officer or any other staff member. Even if the inmate says something about killing him or herself and then says they were not serious, they may haven been, so please alert our staff.
YOU COULD SAVE A LIFE AND WE WANT TO HELP
SIGNS and SYMPTOMS
Experience has show that certain signs and symptoms exhibited by the inmate often foretell a possible suicide.
The single best indicator of potential suicide with approximately 70 to 80 percent of all suicides are committed by persons who are severely depressed. The following are common signs and symptoms of depression:
- Inability to go on (expressing hopelessness/helplessness)
- Extreme sadness and crying
- Withdrawal or silence
- Loss or increase of appetite and/or weight
- Pessimistic attitude
- Insomnia or awakening early: Excessive sleeping
- Mood variations
- Loss of self-esteem
- Loss of interest in people, appearance or activities
- Excessive self-blaming
- Strong guilt feelings
REMEMBER THAT SUICIDE IS A PERMANENT SOLUTION TO A TEMPORARY PROBLEM...