Second Wind Fund is NOT a crisis line. If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs immediate assistance, call 911 or:
In Case of Emergency
Call 911 immediately or go to the nearest hospital emergency room
Second Wind Fund helps children and teens at risk for suicide by connecting them with experienced, licensed therapists when they have no other access to such care. When reading statistics about youth suicide it is important to remember the simple fact that treatment works and recovery is possible.
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Evidence that someone is seriously planning to die by suicide represents a clear signal that help is needed. By some estimates, four out of five people who die by suicide have tried to warn others of their intent through verbal statements, written notes, demonstrating a preoccupation with death or other behavior indicating that they are planning to end their life.
Be aware of these common warning signs which, when acted upon, can save lives, such as:
- Talk about suicide, death, and/or no reason to live
- Be preoccupied with death and dying
- Withdraw from friends and/or social activities
- Have a recent severe loss (especially relationship) or threat of a significant loss
- Experience drastic changes in behavior
- Lose interest in hobbies, work, school, etc.
- Prepare for death by making out a will (unexpectedly) and final arrangements
- Give away prized possessions
- Have attempted suicide before
- Take unnecessary risks; be reckless and/or impulsive
- Lose interest in their personal appearance
- Increase their use of alcohol or drugs
- Express a sense of hopelessness
- Be faced with a situation of humiliation or failure
- Be faced with a disciplinary crisis
- Have a history of violence or hostility
- Have been unwilling to “connect” with potential helpers
Suicide affects all ages, nationalities, genders, and socio-economic backgrounds, and many people at some time in life think about suicide. Most everyone decides to live because they come to realize that the crisis is temporary, but death is not. On the other hand, people in the midst of a crisis often perceive their dilemma as inescapable and feel an utter loss of control.
Be aware of these Feelings, Thoughts and Behaviors:
- Can’t stop the pain
- Can’t think clearly
- Can’t make decisions
- Can’t see any way out
- Can’t sleep, eat or work
- Can’t get out of the depression
- Can’t make the sadness go away
- Can’t see the possibility of change
- Can’t see themselves as worthwhile
- Can’t get someone’s attention
- Can’t seem to get control