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Local therapist talks about risk factors and warning signs of suicide

In today’s society, there are higher amounts of stress leading to the common concern of suicide, that’s according to a therapist at Cornerstone Foundations for families in Quincy. 

Monday was National Suicide Prevention Day. Local therapists said this is a stressful time of the year and it is important to think about suicide prevention with students back in school, the holiday season quickly approaching, and we are entering the colder months with less sunlight.

Therapists said knowing the risk factors are important, which include a  person’s mental health history, family history of suicide, sufferers of depression and a recent health diagnoses.

Warning signs include someone saying they feel like a burden or don’t want to live, and changes in mood. 

"If somebody is feeling really badly and then all of a sudden start to feel better sometimes that can be a sign that somebody has made up their mind to commit suicide," said Nakita Dent, Cornerstone Foundations for Family Therapist. "A lot of times people look back and will, ‘they started to feel better and acted better.’ Sometimes that decision to commit suicide is that person actually feeling relief at that choice is being made."

Dent said do not brush off the warning signs of suicide, talk to the person or someone close to them. Seeking professional help from a local mental health agency may be needed.

If you are considering suicide or know someone who is, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for help.


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